Duns Castle

Situated to the north of Duns, this reserve has two man-made lochs – Hen Poo and Mill Dam – surrounded by mixed woodland. Water lilies and reedmace growing along the banks provide cover for wildfowl.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Woodland flowers and birds
  • Breeding wildfowl
  • Walking

Best time to visit?

  • Apr to Jul for wildflowers

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • wildflowers
  • butterflies

Other information

In spring and summer, the woodland floor is shrouded with wildflowers, including wood anemone, which attract a number of butterflies.

There are paths linking the two lochs.


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How to get there


The reserve can be reached on foot. From Market Square in Duns, head north on Castle Street. At the top of Castle Street, continue north on North Castle Street which leads to the southern end of Hen Poo.
Alternatively, take the A6112 north out of Duns and after 1 mile turn left onto the B6365. After 0.3 miles, take the turning on the left where there is a small car park at the northern end of the wildlife reserve.

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Getting onto the reserve

Paths from either of the above access points lead into the wildlife reserve.

Access restrictions

Some of the paths on the reserve are suitable for wheelchairs.

Nearest town
Duns (0 mi / 0 km)
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About Duns Castle

Out & about

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Reserve leaflet

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