Bawsinch and Duddingston

Duddingston Loch is the only example of a natural freshwater loch in the City of Edinburgh. It is an important site for breeding and wintering wildfowl. Other habitats include mixed woodland, scrub, grassland, ponds and reedbed.

Access to the bird hide on the southern side is by prior arrangement with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Kingfisher © A D Johnson

Why visit?

  • Breeding wildfowl
  • Wintering wildfowl
  • Heronry with breeding herons

Best time to visit?

  • All year round for birds and trees

Visit for:

  • Wildflowers
  • Grasslands
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching

Directions

The reserve lies just under 2 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, at the southern end of Holyrood Park and south of Duddingston village.

Getting onto the reserve

The northern shore is accessible from the car park just west of Duddingston village. Access to the southern shore is through a locked gate and is by prior arrangement only.

Getting round this reserve

Northern shore is open all year round. Access to the southern shore by prior arrangement with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

 

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