Drummains Reedbed

Coastal reedbed, saltmarsh and mudflats with wildfowl and waders on the Solway Firth. The reserve is part of the Solway Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Common hawthorn © Catherine Lee

Why visit?

  • Good for sedge warbler & reed bunting
  • Good views across the Solway

Best time to visit?

  • Summer for breeding reed bunting
  • Winter for wildfowl on the Merse

Visit for:

  • Scenery
  • Coasts
  • Birdwatching


From Dumfries, take the A710 Solway Coast Road south for 14 miles. The access path to the reserve is approximately one mile north of the village of Kirkbean.

Getting onto the reserve

Park on the grass verge by the wooden reserve sign. Go through the kissing gate and follow the path between two hedges to the reserve entrance.

Getting round this reserve

Livestock is often present on the access path to the reserve (which is often rough and muddy). An unsurfaced path is maintained through the reedbed to the Merse.


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