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About Mersehead

View across marsh towards hills, RSPB Mersehead

Image: Andy Hay

Discover the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that's typical of this region. Stroll along the nature trails and use the viewing hides to explore at your own pace.

Spring is particularly magical, when the wet meadows fill with lapwings and skylarks, not to mention butterflies and wild flowers. You might also see a roe deer. And in the autumn, thousands of barnacle and pink-footed geese start to arrive for the winter, creating a not-to-be-missed spectacle.

Opening times

Visitor centre 10 am-5 pm, hides and trails dawn to dusk.

Entrance charges

Suggested donation of £1.

Contact us

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 54.89263,-3.67295
  • Postcode: DG2 8AH
  • Grid reference: NX928566
  • Nearest town: Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway
  • County: Dumfries and Galloway
  • Country: Scotland

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Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.

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