Valley Wetlands

Wildlife awards

Valley Wetlands is one of the best places for wildlife in the UK.

Top things to do in Spring

  1. Watch breeding waterfowl display
  2. Listen to the songs of reedbed birds
  3. Enjoy the lake scenery

Top things to do in Summer

  1. See if you can spot young waterfowl around the lakes and a small but noisy black-headed gull colony
  2. Look down: the reserve has many wetland plants such as common spotted orchid, marsh fern, ragwort, greater spearwort and water avens
  3. Watch out for dragonflies and butterflies

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Look for migrant birds such as harriers, terns, swallows and martins
  2. The numbers of wintering wildfowl start to build, including wigeons and goldeneyes
  3. Enjoy the lake scenery

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Wait patiently for a sighting of the rare, shy bittern
  2. Enjoy rafts of waterfowl, especially in cold weather
  3. Check the flocks for less common birds such as scaups, long-tailed ducks, goosanders and red-breasted mergansers

What's on?

We haven't got any events planned here at the moment. Check out our main events pages to find something up your street (or at least quite near to it).

Extend your stay

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South Stack Cliffs

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Mull of Galloway

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