Dumfriesshire - Caerlaverock

Dumfriesshire - Caerlaverock - The UK's Best Wildlife Locations
The reserve is by the estuary of the Solway Firth in Western Scotland. This 1,400 acre wild nature reserve with hides and observation towers linked by a network or screened approaches and seasonal nature trails is simply a must visit for any wildlife lover.

Wildfowl and wetlands centre , Eastpark Farm, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS. 14km Southeast of Dumfries.

Heres are some of the key highlights:

25,000 Barnacle geese live here between October and April.

A cottage on the reserve offers the chance to go and see badgers at a nearby sett and even have a purpose built hide for you to view them from.

Ospreys can be seen hunting, as well as on a CCTV camera that monitors the nest.

Barn owls can also be seen on CCTV and in the flesh. Remember they're easiest to spot after a period of rain.

Whooper swans gather in large numbers.

Britain's rarest amphibian - the Naterjack Toad - can be seen in Caerlaverock

OK, you're almost certainly not going to spot it but the rare White-tailed Plover was seen here in June 2007 - the only sighting in Scotland and only the 4th in Britain.

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Also in: The UK's Best Wildlife Locations

Argyll - Ardnamurchan Peninsula
Argyll - The Isle of Mull
Bedfordshire - The Lodge: RSPB Headquarters in Sandy
Buckinghamshire - Burnham Beeches (Photo not for sale)
Cambridgeshire - Hampton reserve near Peterborough
Cambridgeshire - Paxton pits
Cambridgeshire - Wandlebury Country Park
Cambridgeshire - Wicken Fen
Cornwall - Roughtor
Cairngorms - Glen Clova
Cornwall - The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Devon - Eggesford
Devon - Offwell
Durham - Low Barns
East Sussex - Rye Harbour

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