The open water, islands, marshland, reedbeds and willow carr make this reserve important for birdlife in the Nith Valley. Migrant birds favour the valley in the autumn. Plant and insect enthusiasts can enjoy the partially vegetated coal spoil heap in the main public area of the reserve.
There are hides and surfaced paths on this reserve.
The reserve is located next to New Cumnock. A car park is available on the B741, approximately 0.3 miles outside the town. The reserve can also be accessed via a lane off the A76 through the town: take the first right after the bridge over the river when approaching from the north.
The entrance from the car park is through a kissing gate under a stone arch. From the town, you can enter the reserve through a kissing gate at the foot of the lane. There are surfaced paths on this reserve.
Visitors are asked to keep out of the wetlands for bird conservation and safety reasons.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland (registered number SC040247), having its registered office at