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About Wood of Cree

Male wood warbler singing

Image: Steve Round

The Wood of Cree is the largest ancient wood in southern Scotland. In spring, the woodland really comes alive, with bluebells on the ground and birdsong in the air. You'll hear pied flycatchers and warblers.

The wood is the perfect place to see willow tits, which are declining in the UK, as well as barn and tawny owls, and visitors such as redstarts and garden warblers. While you're here, spend some time on the otter platform and look out onto the river, which is teeming with life throughout the year.

Barclye is the newest part of the reserve where, with support from our partners, we've been planting trees to extend the woodland. It could be 50 years before work is complete but it's already a fantastic part of the reserve to explore. Ramble along the marked trails, enjoy spectacular views and find out more about the history and archaeology of this magical place.

Opening times

Open at all times.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

Information for dog owners

This nature reserve is important for wildlife. RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. During the ground-nesting bird breeding season (1 April to 15 August) we request that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead, clean up after your dog and that you keep to the paths.

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 55.00538,-4.53306
  • Grid reference: NX381708
  • Nearest town: Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway
  • County: Dumfries and Galloway
  • Country: Scotland

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