Wildfowling on the Solway

Exploring the Solway Marshes

The Solway Firth

The Solway Firth is a firth that forms part of the border between England and Scotland. It stretches from St Bees Head, just south of Whitehaven in Cumbria, to the Mull of Galloway, on the western end of Dumfries and Galloway. The coastline is characterised by lowland hills and small mountains.

The land is rich in biodiversity, birds and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Caerlaverock covers a 587-hectare site at Eastpark Farm, on the north shore of the Solway Firth

In the autumn and winter the Solway Estuary is home too many species of wildfowl, both migratory and home bred. The species most commonly encountered by the wildfowler are Greylag, Pinkfoot and Canada geese, along with ducks such as Teal, Mallard and Wigeon.

Here on the Solway we believe that wildfowling is a privilege and should be a very rewarding experience, one which you are sure to remember.  To that end, the Scottish Solway Wildfowlers Association, being affiliated to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), have adopted their Wildfowling Code of Practice. The aim of this code of practice is to give clear guidelines as to what is acceptable conduct, both for the newcomer to the sport and experienced wildfowlers. In addition, it describes the general areas of the law relating to wildfowling but is not a full study of all relevant legislation in this area. It is vital that every wildfowler knows and understands the law relating to the sport.

Scottish Solway Merse

Guns must be kept in sleeve until shore is reached.

  • Car parking at Brow Well is on the shore track or on the public road.
  • Car parking at Priestside is in the SSWA car park.
  • Car parking at Mosside is on the verge of the public road only

Scottish Solway Wildfowlers Association