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The Flooders Trail

Flooders Trail - © SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on 01738 444777 or at www.snh.gov.uk'Castle Corner' on Dumfriesshire's Caerlaverock Estate is the starting point for an unforgettable experience. Ahead lies an evocative journey, through one of Scotland's unique historic, cultural and natural landscapes. Walkers, explorers and nature detectives of all ages - get ready to discover 'The Flooders Trail'

Before you set off, spend a few quiet minutes gazing out over the Merse, over the mud flats, up towards Criffel. Cast your eyes out over the estuary to where the Nith merges with the Atlantic Ocean far out to sea......

© SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on 01738 444777 or at www.snh.gov.ukStep back in time to 1746, when the river mouth was teeming with ships landing their cargoes of Baltic timber, dried fruit, rum and Spanish port wine at nearby Glencaple harbour. The ships have all gone. The cries of stevedores and sailors no longer ring out. The mud flats now echo to the call of the wild......

Like a rope's warp and weft, constantly shifting sands have fashioned this marsh mud-scape into tortuous tracts of flooding creeks. They empty then fill up again with brackish water, creating ever changing habitats for plant and animal life. The Flooders Trail takes you safely to the heart of this intriguing territory.

On a wild, windy day native woodland offers shelter from the elements and while you shelter, you'll see thousands and thousands of geese and other wild fowl... perhaps even a ghostly cargo ship......

"Aince a moss and then a sea.......noo a moss and aye will be."

 


Photographs - © SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on 01738 444777 or at www.snh.gov.uk


This project is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community through the Dumfries & Galloway Leader 2007-2013 Programme and is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, working with Scotland’s people to care for our natural heritage.

This project is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community through the Dumfries & Galloway Leader 2007-2013 Programme and is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, working with Scotland's people to care for our natural heritage. Scottish Natural Heritage

WWT Southern Uplands Partnership