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RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes Reserve

Newton Stewart
 
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01988 402130

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RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes Reserve
RSPB Galloway Reserves Office
26 South Main Street, Wigtown
Newton Stewart
DG8 9EH


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One of many great places to visit on the Galloway Red Kite Trail. With stunning views across the River Dee and Loch Ken, this tranquil reserve plays host to many exciting winter visitors, including Greenland white-fronted and greylag geese. Spring is also an excellent time to visit, when redstarts and pied flycatchers fly in to join the rare, resident willow tits. Keep on the look out for our red squirrels too!

There’s a nature trail, with two hides and a goose viewing platform. Keep your eyes peeled and you might see otters, and if you look up you could well see a majestic red kite soaring in the sky. The return walk is approximately 3 miles (5 km) and is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. The Beeches hide is wheelchair accessible and limited car parking is permitted just beyond this point, for visitors with restricted mobility.

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.

The reserve is open at all times and entry is free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

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 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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