From the car park, there is a nature trail taking the visitor on a circular route around the reserve, taking in varying habitats including woodland, grassland, wetland and scrub and passes alongside Dalshinne Loch. The complete walk is 4 miles long and sensible footwear is advised, although the route follows well maintained paths
Twenty-three of the thirty-two species of Butterfly known in the U.K. can be found at Mabie Forest and include the Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Dingy Skipper, Northern Brown Argus, Dark Green Fritillary and the Forester moth. Other wildlife species include the Red Squirrel, Wood Warbler, Nightjar, Pied Flycatcher, Roe Deer, Owls, Bats and Woodpeckers, Stoat and Weasel, while Dragonflies, Damselflies, Frogs and Toads can be found in and around the many ponds.
Mabie Forest consists mainly of Siska Spruce with areas of ancient Oakland, scrub, loch and pools, wetland and grassland.
Mabie Forest reserve is signposted off the A710, four miles south of Dumfries. From the main car park, follow the brown waymarked walk for 1 mile to reach the reserve.
Best Time to Visit:
Spring to Autumn.