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Renfrewshire is one of 32 council areas of Scotland. Located in the west central Lowlands, it is one of three council areas contained within the boundaries of the historic county of Renfrewshire, the others being East Renfrewshire to the east and Inverclyde to the west. It also shares borders with Glasgow, North Ayrshire and West Dunbartonshire. The term Renfrewshire may also be used to refer to this historic county.

Although containing the traditional county town of Renfrew, from which its name derives, the centre of local government in Renfrewshire is found in the nearby town of Paisley, which is the area's main settlement. Renfrewshire borders the south-west of Glasgow, lying on the south bank of the River Clyde, and contains many of Glasgow's commuter towns and villages. It contains the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park; the collective name for areas of countryside set aside for conservation and recreation on the South Clyde estuary.

I'd welcome an input for this page as, although I once lived there it was a very long time ago and I hardly went birding.

Having said that I did used to wander about on the 'waste' ground between Linwood and Johnstone fishing for roach in Black Cart Water and sometimes flushing snipe as I did so. I recall too that although the birds coming to my tiny garden were small they were interesting… Pied Wagtails and Reed Bunting being two of the commonest garden ticks.

When I was able to get out and about a bit there were fine Wheatears in the Summer and soaring Buzzards. I remember being amazed by seeing Dipper right in the middle of Paisley along with Grey Wagtails.



County Recorder

Iain Gibson

8 Kenmure View, Howwood, Johnstone, Renfrewshire PA0 1DR

01505 705874


Useful Reading

Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

Mike Madders and Julia Welstead - 297 pages, b/w illus, maps - Christopher Helm

ISBN: 071365693X

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Lochwinnoch RSPB


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Lochwinnoch RSPB Nature Reserve is situated within Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, and is one of the largest remaining wetlands in west Scotland. The reserve is ideal for all the family, as the trails and hides and the visitor centre are all easily accessible. Whilst in the centre, you can enjoy a light snack or browse in the RSPB shop which specialises in optics, natural history books and wild bird care products.

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Paisley based - We sell Bird Feeders with internal miniature wireless cameras, with receivers which connect to a PC or TV / Video. There are no wires from the Bird Feeder back to your PC or TV…