This reserve is on Forestry Commission Scotland (FC Scotland) land, just a few miles from Dumfries. It has over 20 of Scotland's 32 resident butterflies, including the key species Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary and Forester Moth.


Most of the forest is Sitka Spruce, but there is a significant area of ancient oak woodland, wetlands and grassland.

Set amongst extensive conifer plantations, this area of ancient woodland is managed by FC Scotland, with guidance from Butterfly Conservation for both nature conservation and public recreation.


Grid reference: NX 930 700 (area postcode DG2)

The reserve is 100 hectares and is located four miles south of Dumfries, in the centre of Mabie Forest.

Site access and Safety

Open all year.

Most ticks are little more than an irritation, but a few can transmit Lyme disease, a rare and potentially serious illness which is treatable with antibiotics if diagnosed early. It is therefore important to be informed and take some simple precautions


Butterfly Conservation Scotland

  • Tel: 01786 447 753
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Forestry Commission Scotland (Dumfries & Borders Forest District office)

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55.013467, -3.674041

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