Pease Dean

Pease Dean is a beautiful, ancient semi-natural woodland. Ferns, mosses and liverworts thrive in these wet, sheltered deans. In spring and summer, the woodland floor is cloaked with a bluebell, primrose and wood anemone blanket. Butterflies, including speckled wood, are drawn to these displays.

Treecreepers may be spotted crawling up tree trunks and during summer evenings bats may be seen hunting insects.

Part of the Southern Upland Way goes through the reserve. Click here to visit the Southern Upland Way website.

Sessile oak (c) Laurie Campbell

Why visit?

  • Woodland flowers
  • Breeding birds
  • Woodland walks

Best time to visit?

  • Apr to Sept for bats
  • Apr to Jul for woodland flowers

Visit for:

  • Wildflowers
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching


From the roundabout on the A1 near Dunbar (next to Asda supermarket), continue south towards Berwick-upon-Tweed past the Torness power station. At the roundabout near Cockburnspath, take the left exit to Pease Bay. Follow the single track road with passing places down to Pease Bay. Just before a ford, turn left into the car park next to Pease Bay Holiday Park.

Getting onto the reserve

Cross the road from the car park and go through a kissing gate. Pease Dean is 50m beyond the gate from where paths lead into the reserve itself.

Getting round this reserve

It is recommended that visitors stay on the footpaths to avoid steep, wet ground. Visitors should wear appropriate footwear with a good grip for wet, muddy ground.


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