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Nature Reserve, £0.50-£2

South Walney Nature Reserve

South Walney Nature Reserve


Home to one of the largest gull colonies in Europe, more than 30000 pairs. There are large numbers of breeding Eider ducks, with close views of eggs, nests and chicks from May to July. One of the finest bird-watching sites in Cumbria, with wintering waders and wildfowl plus large numbers of migrants including regular rarities, spring and autumn. Also nationally important for its saline lagoons and coastal flora.


Adult £2, children 50p. Free entry to members of Cumbria Wildlife Trust.


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups

Includes 8 hides give shelter from weather and provide close views of adbundant wildlife.


Coastguard Cottages,
LA14 3YQ


Plan route to South Walney Nature Reserve using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SD 209631  Lat: 54.05774 Long: -3.20986

Cross Jubilee Bridge onto Walney Island, take a left onto Ocean Road for 1 mile before turning onto Carr Lane. Continue for 5 miles, pas Biggar and South End Caravan Park.

Parking: free

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