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RSPB Crook of Baldoon Nature Reserve

 
Nature and Wildlife
Newton Stewart

The Crook of Baldoon is a coastal reserve of 196 hectares lying within Wigtown Bay.

Crook of Baldoon is a breathtaking panorama of saltmarsh, mudflats and hills. 

Cairnsmore of Fleet and the Galloway Hills act as a backdrop to wild saltmarsh and mudflats which positively ooze with birdlife. 

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 which feed and roost on the merse.

In the hawthorn and crab apple trees you might see hundreds of redwings and fieldfares. Along the upper saltmarsh there are wheatears, meadow pipits and skylarks, as well as linnets and goldfinches.

Since the reserve was bought in 2010 a great deal of work has been carried out to create areas of open water and wet grassland for the birds and other wildlife that we wish to attract to the reserve. Water levels are carefully controlled to create the best conditions for wildlife to breed, feed and rest in. Lagoons have been created to give visitors the best chance of seeing the birds that are making the Crook their home. We have also been installing better footpaths, information boards and other basic visitor facilities to make your visit more enjoyable and informative. 

 

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Contact Information

Shell Rd
Newton Stewart
DG8 9AF


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Opening Hours

Covid-19 update: The trails, car park and viewing structure are open at the site.

Open at all times.

Pricing

Free entrance to RSPB members Yes
Adults Free, but donations are very welcome.
Children Free, but donations are very welcome.
Car park cost
Free

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Address

Shell Rd
Newton Stewart
DG8 9AF

Directions

By road
From the centre of Wigtown, turn right onto the A714 for Port William, following this to the mini roundabout at Bladnoch taking the first exit left over the River Bladnoch. Staying on the A714 to Port William, after about 1 mile turn left at the sign for Penkiln saw mill. Follow this road for a further 1 mile crossing a small bridge at West Mains of Baldoon farm and carrying on past East Mains of Baldoon. Past the farm the public council road turns into a single lane track down to the Crook of Baldoon.

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