NTS Threave Bat Reserve, Castle Douglas

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Threave Bat Reserve; Scotland’s first and only bat reserve. Threave is a great place for bats, its mixed habitat provides for the seven different species there, including the rare whiskered bat. Beautiful meadows and wetlands in the wider estate host an abundance of insects for them to feed on, whilst the buildings and woodlands provide ideal roosting sites, making it the perfect place to support a diverse range of species.

Notable animal species: Whiskered bat, Brown Long - eared bat, Noctule bat.

Best In: Bats most active during the months of May, June July, August, September.

Location

1 mile west of Castle Douglas
Post Code: DG7 1RX.
Grid Reference: NX 754 605.

How to get there

By car: Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas

By bus service: Bus numbers 500, 501 and 502 from Dumfries to either Stranraer or Kirkcudbright. It is a 1.5-mile walk from Castle Douglas to Threave along the new community path, which starts from Blackpark Road in Castle Douglas and connects with Threave Estate Trail following the old railway line.

Alternatively, walk on the footpath alongside the main road out of Castle Douglas by Carlingwark Loch.

By train: The Glasgow/Newcastle - Stranraer/Ireland First ScotRail line takes you to Dumfries station. From Dumfries (Whitesands Road bus stop next to the river) take Stagecoach bus numbers 71 or 72 to Castle Douglas. It is a 1.5-mile walk from Castle Douglas to Threave either following the new community path or the footpath alongside the main road out of Castle Douglas by Carlingwark Loch.

By cycle / on foot: National Cycle Route 7 passes next to Threave. There are bike racks next to the Visitor Centre

Facilities

  • Ponds & Gardens Trail;  Visitor Centre, Restaurant, Shop, Toilets (daytime), Picnic Benches, Bird Hide, Countryside Interpretation Centre, Childrens Play park, Woodland trails, Disabled Parking and Access to tarmac way marked trail.
  • Woodlands & Wetlands trail; Nature reserve information centre, 4 Bird Hides, Disabled parking and access to way marked trail, 1 bird hide and Osprey viewing platform. Toilets (daytime). Picnic benches.
  • School group visits and guided tours can be arranged.
  • Self guided and Ranger led trails.

Contact

National Trust for Scotland
Reserve Ranger: Jackie Kemp
Ranger Office Number: 0844 493 2244
Mobile (daytime): 07899 711742
Email: jkemp@nts.org.uk
Website: http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Threave-Estate/Conservation/

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