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RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve

Wigtown
 
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RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve
RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve
Shell Road
Wigtown
DG8 9AF


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The view that opens up in front of you as you approach the car park is breathtaking. Cairnsmore of Fleet and the Galloway Hills act as a backdrop to wild saltmarsh and mudflats and the coastal wetland positively oozes with birdlife. Watch thousands of golden plovers, lapwings, knots and dunlins wheel in the sky in a mesmerizing display.

Between December and March the Crook plays host to thousands of winter visitors such as pink-footed and barnacle geese and a large number of shelducks, whooper and mute swans that feed and roost on the merse. In the hawthorn and crab apple trees you might see hundreds of redwings and fieldfares. Other birds that can be seen are oystercatchers, curlews, ringed plovers, pintails and wigeons.

Along the upper saltmarsh there are wheatears, meadow pipits and skylarks, as well as linnets and goldfinches.

The vast amounts of visiting birds attract birds of prey like peregrines, merlins and sparrowhawks. Ospreys can sometimes be seen fishing in the bay, but these are better viewed from the comfort of the osprey viewing room in the county buildings in Wigtown, with its live camera feed from a nest site.

The wetland reserve is open all year and it’s free, but we’d love it if you made a donation to help us continue our work here.

Each season brings a different experience at our nature reserves. In spring, the air is filled with birdsong as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate. In summer, look out for young birds making their first venture into the outside world. Autumn brings large movements of migrating birds – some heading south to a warmer climate, others seeking refuge in the UK from the cold Arctic winter. In winter, look out for large flocks of birds gathering to feed, or flying at dusk to form large roosts to keep warm.

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) and in areas with livestock we would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and please clean up after your dog.

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