Carron Dam

Carron Dam is a partially drained reservoir with wetland, rich fen and deciduous woodland. Specialised plants such as gypsywort, remote sedge and water-plantain thrive in the wetlands, which is one of the largest in the area. Water voles and water rails may also be glimpsed along the banks.

A path leads around the reserve from Stenhouse Road.

Bullfinch © Darin Smith

Why visit?

  • Rare fen habitat
  • Wetland plants
  • Breeding birds

Best time to visit?

  • Spring and summer for breeding birds
  • Summer for plants

Visit for:

  • Wetland
  • Mammals
  • Scenery
  • Wildflowers
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching


From Falkirk, take the B902 north to Stenhousemuir. After crossing the River Carron, turn left at a roundabout onto the B905. This is Stenhouse Road. Park carefully on this road or on one of the side-streets.

Getting onto the reserve

The reserve is accessed through the pedestrian gate on Stenhouse Road. Follow the footpath onto the reserve.

Getting round this reserve

The reserve is very wet and boggy. Visitors are advised to stay on the paths and boardwalks.


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