Fountainbleau Ladypark

Situated on the site of the old Black Loch and within walking distance of Dumfries, Fountainbleau Ladypark is a low-lying wet birchwood. The reserve is a haven for birds, including woodpeckers, willow tit, willow warbler and teal, which visit during winter.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • A great site for wildlife in Dumfries
  • Good for bird spotting

Best time to visit?

  • Summer for wetland wildflowers
  • Summer for butterflies
  • All year for small birds and wildfowl

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • wildflowers
  • wetland
  • butterflies

Other information

The reserve provides opportunities for viewing birds and butterflies.


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How to get there


The reserve lies on the outskirts of Dumfries, within the Marchfield development area, bounded to the north and east by the A75 Dumfries bypass, to the west by Dumfries High School and Marchmount House, and to the south by the A709 Lockerbie Road. Park on the public road by the high school.

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Getting onto the reserve

Access will vary as development work continues, but currently the reserve is accessed by following the cycle path that runs between the high school and the Scottish Water building to the metal fence across the path. Make your way around the metal fencing to the left and then carefully cross the road to the wooden bridge and reserve entrance gate.

Access restrictions

Wet ground conditions limit access. Beware of deep drainage ditches and very soft ground conditions throughout the reserve.

Nearest town
Dumfries (1 mi / 1.6 km)
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