Clyde

Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca ©Wikimedia Commons

The Clyde SOC Recording Area contains the unitary authorities of: North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, City of Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire. It also encompasses parts of  Stirlingshire (Clyde/Loch Lomond drainage areas, the Campsie Fells, and Carron Valley Reservoir) and Argyll & Bute (former Dunbartonshire part, i.e. Loch Lomond/Clyde drainage including east side of Loch Long to Arrochar (then Loin Water as boundary).

Birding Clyde

Dumbartonshire – East Dumbartonshire has many of the suburbs of Glasgow as well as many of the city’s commuter towns and villages. The nature conservation sites in East Dunbartonshire include SSSIs and Local Nature Reserves. There are nine public parks (King George V Regional Park, Colquhoun Park, Thorn Park, Bishopbriggs Public Park, Huntershill Playing Fields, High Park, Luggie Park, Merkland Sports Pitches and Milngavie) and three local nature reserves: Merkland LNR, Lenzie Moss LNR and Kilmardinny LNR.

West Dunbartonshire lies to the west of the City of Glasgow and also contains many of Glasgow’s commuter towns and villages, as well as the city’s suburbs. The area is essentially composed of three parts: the towns of Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven district. There are green and open places including the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond and dramatic views of the River Clyde. There are a number of well managed woodlands as well as the Kilpatrick Hills to enjoy and the reserve at the saltings.

Glasgow – Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, and the third largest in the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, there are open spaces, parks and gardens and even several nature reserves as Glasgow has many ‘green corridors’ into the city. Even within the Glasgow City Boundary there are good birding sites including Hogganfield Loch, which is superb for watching wildfowl and gulls as well as holding Jack Snipe in winter. The other parks in Glasgow are good for commoner woodland birds as well as Kingfishers and Dippers on the River Kelvin, which runs through Kelvingrove Park and the Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

InverclydeThe area is often considered part of ‘greater Glasgow’ but is mostly surrounded by the Firth of Clyde.  Its landward area is bordered by the Kelly, North and South Routen burns to the south west (separating Wemyss Bay and Skelmorlie, North Ayrshire) and part of the River Gryfe and the Finlaystone Burn to the south-east. It has just two local nature reserves; Coves Reservoir and Wemyss Bay Woods, although there a number of SSIs and two areas of special protection; the Inner Clyde Estuary and Renfrewshire Heights.

Lanarkshire – Largely made up of Glasgows suburbs and commuter towns, this urban county nevertheless has a number of local nature reserves such as Braedale Hill, Brownsburn Park, Dumbreck Marsh, Gartcosh, Greenhead Moss Park, Kingshill, Ravenswood, Mosswater & Cambusnethan Woods.

South Lanarkshire offers birders a huge variety of habitats and birding opportunities. The district stretches from the urbanised and post- industrial outskirts of Glasgow, south through the rolling farmland of the Clyde Valley, to the bleak, imposing hills approaching Galloway. Like many other areas, South Lanarkshire suffers from the effects of growing urban sprawl, with the effect this has on wildlife and habitat. Nonetheless, it is perhaps less badly affected than some, and still offers even the casual birder excellent birding opportunities. Chatelherault and Calderglen Country Parks are both close to major urban centres, yet nonetheless are popular birding sites.

Much of the Clyde Walkway (a network of paths linking Glasgow City with New Lanark, some 40 miles away) passes through South Lanarkshire, and offers excellent wetland, farmland and woodland opportunities. The woods will offer both all- year and migratory birds. The Clyde itself offers species as diverse as Oystercatchers, Goldeneye, Kingfishers, Goosander, and Herons as it winds through both rural and urban areas. It is also always worthwhile keeping an eye skyward for birds on migration- from ospreys to waterfowl, a wide range of migrating species will pass through (or over) the area. Chatelherault Country Park is part of the ambitious Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve, where rivers flow through ancient gorges. The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Falls of Clyde reserve in the town of New Lanark is famed for its breeding peregrines, and for the steps it takes to protect them. The reserve forms the end point of the Clyde Walkway, and is a challenging climb up some fairly steep hills. Pied Flycatchers are also a popular summer target for listers.

Renfrewshire – 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. It borders the south-west of Glasgow, on the south bank of the River Clyde, and so contains many of Glasgow’s commuter towns and villages. However, it also contains the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park; the collective name for areas of countryside set aside for conservation and recreation on the South Clyde estuary. (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 few 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 – Fatbirder). The best known green space in East Renfrewshire is the 143-acre Rouken Glen Park, which contains a SSSI.; one of 6 sites of Special Scientific Interest within East Renfrewshire.

 

Top Sites
  • Baron's Haugh RSPB

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    A real gem for wildlife and for visitors too. Spend time in one of the four hides, looking out at the ducks and swans on the haugh, or take a walk through the woods – in the spring you might hear woodpeckers and nuthatches, while in the winter whooper swans feed on the flooded meadows. If you’re lucky you may even see a kingfisher or an otter on the river. Most paths are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, but may be muddy in bad weather and are steep in places. Wheelchair visitors, please call the reserve in advance for advice.
  • Cloch Point

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    Cloch Point is situated just off the A770 on the west side of Gourock at the Cloch Lighthouse, it is a great place to see Manx Shearwaters (sometimes in large numbers) at close range as well as Guillemots, Razorbills, Black Guillemot, Gannet, Sandwich Terns and Kittiwakes from mid-July Through August. Skuas also turn up occasionally into early October.
  • Clyde Walkway (Cambuslang to Bothwell Bridge)

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    This part of the route is mostly rural despite being in the midst of a very urban area…
  • Hogganfield Park Local Nature Reserve

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    The park is situated off the A80 Cumbernauld Road (off Junction 12 of the M8) on the north-east side of Glasgow. The loch is superb in winter for wildfowl including Whooper Swan, Goosander, Goldeneye, Pochard, Ruddy Ducks and occasionally Smew (close viewing can be expected from most of the species present); it also has a gull roost, which regularly produces Iceland and Glaucous Gulls. The recently created pool at the east end of the park holds Jack Snipe as well as Common Snipe from late autumn through the winter. In spring both Slavonian and Black-necked Grebe have been recorded as well as the usual breeding Little and Great Crested Grebes, the park also has breeding Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting as well as being a good place to watch feeding Hirundines and Swifts (particularly during bad weather)
  • Millichen Flood: including East & West Millichen Farms

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    Millichen Flood is a favourite haunt of mine when looking for gulls in winter. They gather in the floods to bath and drink after feeding on the nearby Summerston Landfill site. Iceland and Glaucous Gull are regularly seen amongst the Herring, Common, Black-headed, Great Black-backed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, which occur in varying numbers from day to day. The fields also attract wintering Canada Geese and Greylags with occasional Barnacle, Pink-footed Greenland White-fronted and Bean Geese. The floods are also used in autumn (and in a lesser degree in spring) by migrating waders, which have included Pectoral, Wood, Green & Curlew Sandpipers as well as Knot, Turnstone and Little Stint although Dunlin, Greenshank, Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit are the most regular waders seen on passage. Raptors also use the area in autumn/winter including Peregrine, Merlin and occasional Hen Harrier. The area also has breeding Lapwing, Grey Partridge, Yellowhammer and the now very scarce (in the local area at least) Tree Sparrow.
  • Whitelees Windfarm/ Eaglesham Moor

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    The high upland of Eaglesham Moor straddles the border between the South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire and East Ayrshire council administrative districts. Covering a massive area, it encompasses moorland, wetland and woodland, with a diverse range of bird and animal species co- existing with Whitelees Windfarm- the largest facility in Europe. While not a nature reserve as such, the operators of the windfarm have taken steps to mitigate the impact of their facility, at least to date. The impact of their latest expansion remains to be seen, and windfarms in general remain contentious issues for birders. The on- site Ranger service is a major plus- point for the site, however, and have been happy to answer queries regarding birding visits. As of July 2011 their site list was 95 different bird species. The car park at the windfarm offers a good starting point for a day’s birding and walking, heed the car park closing times though. Skylark are in abundance in all areas, becoming more bold farther away from the visitor centre. Meadow Pipit are also present in good numbers. Wheatear have been recorded on the vicinity of the turbines themselves.The major water bodies are recommended for waders and wildfowl, with snipe and curlew recorded. Raptors, as expected, are present, with kestrel and buzzard being the obvious ones. Less common, but still recorded, are hen harrier and peregrine. Finches have been recorded near the visitor centre and at the wooded areas on site. The forests are worth a look for visiting great grey shrike. The path system covers over 70km in total, although by no means all offers birding opportunities. If you are intrepid enough, there are, though, areas to go ‘off trail’, - care should be taken in areas of marshy ground (I was once mobbed by a pair of curlew while stranded knee deep in a marsh) The site is used extensively by walkers and cyclists, although it could not be described as crowded. In short, a more than decent site, which provides good birding in perhaps an unexpected setting.
Contributors
  • John McAree

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Useful Reading

  • Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

    | By Mike Madders & Julia Welstead | Christopher Helm | 2002 | Paperback | 297 pages, b/w illustrations, maps | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780713656930 Buy this book from NHBS.com
Birding Aps
  • Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

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    This app will help beginners and experts alike to discover hundreds of the best places to see and enjoy birds around the country.

    Where to Watch Birds in Scotland, the Scottish Ornithologists' Club's free mobile app for Apple and Android devices, now has over 580 sites. New sites will continue to be added and existing ones updated as far as possible. The app launched in April 2019 and since then has been downloaded by more than 15,000 users and amassed over 750,000 site views. It won 'Product of the Year' in Birdwatch and BirdGuides' 2019 Birders' Choice Awards, and the BTO/Marsh Award for Local Ornithology 2020.
Organisations
  • Friends of Glasgow's Local Nature Reserves

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    The Group was established following the Urban Biodiversity Conference held at Glasgow University on 30-31 October 2010. At the Conference, 16 people showed an interest in setting up a ‘Friends of Glasgow’s Local Nature Reserves’ and since then, others, having learned of the proposed Group, have come forward.
  • Inverclyde Birding

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    I wasn't sure if there was any local bird group so I made one... it is run by me (Ben Wright) and
  • RSPB Glasgow Local Group

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    We are Members of the RSPB based in and around Glasgow who organise talks and trips for ourselves as well as raising funds for RSPB projects.
  • RSPB Renfrewshire Local Group

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    This is the website of the Renfrewshire Local Group. RSPB local groups are a great way to meet friendly, like-minded people in your area while learning more about birds and wildlife.
  • SOC Branch - Birds in Clyde

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    Whether you are new to birdwatching, an experienced birder, or somewhere in between, the purpose of this website is to get you involved and further your enjoyment of Scotland's wonderful birdlife.
  • SWT Glasgow Branch

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    Glasgow is a city containing a wide variety of wildlife habitats: parks, rivers, marsh and several local nature reserves. Possil Marsh, a Trust reserve, lies to the north of the city, beside the Forth-Clyde Canal.
Reserves

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  • CP Calderglen

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    Calderglen Country Park is a country park in the Scottish town of East Kilbride. It is situated at the south-eastern edge of East Kilbride and is the town's main park. There are woodland walks through glens and gorges formed by the Rotten Calder river near to the Calderwood residential district, including the site of Calderwood Castle.
  • CP Gleniffer Braes

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    The wildlife of the park is typical of woodland and moorland. Birds regularly seen include skylark, meadow pipit, kestrel and sparrowhawk. The tit families feed in the treetops along with goldcrest and chaffinches.
  • CP Mugdock Country Park

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    Mugdock Country Park is situated north of East Dunbartonshire and south-west of Stirling. It comprises 270 hectares of woodland, moorland and heathland and is connected by a network of paths. It contains a loch, 2 castles, a stables complex and walled garden.
  • CP Roukenglen Park

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    During a survey a total of 48 species were recorded (including species not confirmed as breeding) during the survey visits. Of the species recorded, three were red-listed Birds of Conservation Concern (BoCC) and sixteen were amber-listed BoCC. No Schedule 1 species or rare species were encountered during the survey visits.
  • CW Pappertwell

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    Pappertwell Community Woodland is a 77Ha woodland situated east of New Bonhill with magnificent views towards Loch Lomond and the Firth of Clyde.
  • LNR Bishop Loch

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    The Reserve is located in north east Glasgow on the edge of Easterhouse. It was Glasgow’s first LNR, being designated in 1995. Despite its name, the LNR boundary does not actually include Bishop Loch. The Reserve is made up of woodland, grassland and the marsh that adjoins the loch on its south western boundary.
  • LNR Braedale Hill

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    The 18ha site now consists of woodland, grasslands, and the Auchter Water. These habitats are home to many insects, birds and wildflowers such as common blue butterfly, northern marsh orchid and skylarks which can often be heard singing at the top of the hill.
  • LNR Brownsburn Community Park

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    Brownsburn Community Park LNR is an extensive area of grassland, woodland, and wetland. From an industrial past, the site is now a green oasis for local people and wildlife in urban south Airdrie.
  • LNR Cambusnethan Woodlands

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    The site is mostly covered in ancient and semi-natural woodland. It is split into two woodlands, Carbarns wood to the west and Highmainshead wood on the east. The hollow shell of Cambusnethan house lies between the two blocks of woodland.
  • LNR Cardowan Moss

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    Cardowan Moss lies immediately east of Hogganfield Park and can be accessed on foot with entrances at Avenue End Road, Mossvale Road and Darnaway Avenue in Garthamlock. Its network of footpaths take you through woodland via ponds and on to a raised bog.
  • LNR Cathkin Braes

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    Being 148.6 hectares in size, it is now the largest of the LNRs in the City and consists of a large woodland called Big Wood, along the northern half of the LNR, and a species rich grassland with some pockets of heath and marsh, to the south.
  • LNR Commonhead Moss

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    It is the largest area of degraded raised bog remaining in Glasgow. The drier edges of the bog are fringed by birch woodland and wet heath habitat.
  • LNR Coves Reservoir

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    The Green Gym meets once a week on a Wednesday morning at Coves Reservoir in Greenock. We carry out a variety of tasks to help improve the site for wildlife and people including managing the woodlands, planting wildflowers and bulbs, maintaining the path network, collecting litter, creating habitats and much more! We also take the time to observe what plants and animals are living at Coves Reservoir, learn about nature photography and have a good chat over a cup of tea each week!
  • LNR Dams to Darnley Country Park

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    The country park covers over 1350 acres of greenspace around the East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City boundary, encompassing the green belt separating Barrhead, Darnley and Newton Mearns. The country park is especially important for its wildlife. The reservoirs, all of which are Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), are home to a range of different wild birds all year round, whilst the country park also attracts many winter visitors. A wide range of birds such as Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Spotted Flycatcher, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Redwing and Fieldfare can be spotted if you visit on a regular basis.
  • LNR Dawsholm Park

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    The Park is located approximately 3 kilometres north west of the City Centre and is bounded by the River Kelvin, an active railway line, Bearsden Road and Dalsholm Road. The Park consists mostly of woodland and is principally important for the birdlife the woodland habitat supports. The River Kelvin runs along the northern boundary and the southern boundary consists of three ‘fields’ managed for their grassland and hawthorn scrub.
  • LNR Dumbreck Marsh

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    The marsh is an open area of countryside, including ponds and large areas of grassland. It is an ideal place for a gentle walk or for wildlife watching. In the past it was covered with coke and coal waste and crossed with mineral railways lines. It is now home to grassland birds, including lapwing and skylarks, and the water rail.
  • LNR Durrockstock Park

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    Durrockstock Park -A Place For Nature In the Community. Durrockstock Park is located in Foxbar, Paisley and was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 2008 to recognise the importance it has to our Natural Heritage, It hosts an abundance of Plant and Animal Species and boasts many Facilities for all the Family to Enjoy.
  • LNR Garscadden Wood

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    This broadleaved woodland, with many ancient Oaks, is located in Drumchapel and may be accessed from Peel Glen Road, Drummore Road, Ladyloan Avenue and Monymusk Place. It is home to the Purple Hairstreak butterfly and a host of common woodland birds as well as Roe Deer and the Red Fox.
  • LNR Gartcosh

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    Gartcosh Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is an important site for protected species in the form of the great crested newt colony (the largest in Scotland). Many people visit the reserve to enjoy the wealth of wildlife and the range of habitats present which vary from the bluebell woods to the wildflower rich meadows and small ponds full of dragonflies and of course the great crested newts.
  • LNR Greenhead Moss Community Nature Park

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    Greenhead Moss Community Nature Park is a 100ha site consisting of many different habitats including ponds, wildflower meadows, remnant raised peat bog, old and new woodlands. These habitats are home to mammals including badger, roe deer and fox with many insects and birds present.
  • LNR Hamiltonhill Claypits

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    The Claypits, which is the smallest LNR in the City being around 6.7 hectares, was declared a Local Nature Reserve in May 2016 .
  • LNR Hogganfield Park

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    Hogganfield Park is located in the northeast of Glasgow, some five kilometres from Glasgow city centre. The park is bounded, to the northwest, by Cumbernauld Road (A80), to the east, by Avenue End Road (B7053) and to the south, by Lethamhill Golf Course. The main attraction of the park is Hogganfield Loch, a large shallow loch with a wooded island. Hogganfield Park is excellent for birdwatching or simply walking.
  • LNR Kilmardinny Loch

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    This local nature reserve is a mosaic of habitats - wet & dry woodland & grassland - as well as the deep open water of the loch and four islands.
  • LNR Kingshill

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    Kingshill is a special place for people and wildlife close to the village of Allanton. Its meadows, woodlands and ponds provide a variety of habitats where beautiful creatures live.
  • LNR Langlands Moss

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    Langlands Moss is an important and rare habitat - a lowland raised bog. Raised bogs are peatlands, the oldest of which date back to the last Ice Age. A boardwalk provides public access to the bog itself.
  • LNR Lenzie Moss

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    There is a 2km circular path which is mainly flat with a section on boardwalk across the bog. You will find signposts at several points linking to other walks.
  • LNR Linn Park

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    Linn Park was declared Glasgow’s 8th Local Nature Reserve on 4th July 2012. It is characterised by its mature semi-natural woods, mixed plantations and parkland trees, with associated wildflower meadows and amenity grasslands in an historical estate setting.
  • LNR Malls Mire

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    It is a small site (approx 7ha), just over half of which consists of woodland habitat, the rest being mainly neutral grassland and marsh with a small pond. The majority of the woodland habitat is a plantation of predominantly broadleaf trees, the planting having been undertaken in 1993.
  • LNR Merkland Nature Reserve

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    Merkland Local Nature Reserve, in Kirkintilloch, is a haven for wildlife and a popular spot for people looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town.
  • LNR Mosswater

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    The young woodland and floodplain grassland to the north of Broadwood have been radically improved to maximise their value for local biodiversity. Larger ponds with shallow mud edges have been created for waterfowl and wader birds. Small ponds have been created as habitat for frogs and newts. Deep flooded ditches have been dug to support a water vole population. Nest boxes have been erected to attract breeding or roosting barn owl which historically inhabit this area.
  • LNR Paisley Moss

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    Paisley Moss is a hidden oasis for wildlife. A remnant of a larger site, it is now a Local Nature Reserve and contains ponds, mossy marshes, reeds and sedge beds supporting hundreds of different animals and plants. The site is maintained by careful management organised and carried out by a dedicated team of local people and airport staff. You are welcome to visit the reserve which is open to the public throughout the year.
  • LNR Ravenswood

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    Ravenswood LNR is a valuable wetland site of 17 hectares on the north side of Cumbernauld bordering the A80. It is one of the council's Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) due to its wetland flora and fauna.
  • LNR Robroyston Park

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    Much of the Park was designated as a LNR in 2006. Since then Glasgow City Council has extended the LNR on two occasions, most recently in May 2016, and the whole Park, some 43.3 hectares, is now a LNR with grasslands, wetlands and woodland. Breeding birds include Moorhen, Grasshopper Warbler and Willow Warbler. Buzzards are regularly seen and bird records for September 2017 include Kingfisher and Meadow Pipit.
  • LNR The Saltings

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    The Saltings is located near the Erskine Bridge and is bounded by the River Clyde and the Forth and Clyde Canal. The views down the River Clyde are stunning and Dumbarton Rock can be seen in the distance. It's an area around 19 hectares made up of of regenerated woodland and meadow. It is is noted for its wetland habitats.
  • LNR Wemyss Bay Woods

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    The Wemyss Bay woods were cleaned up and maintained in the early part of the century by Wemyss Bay Community Woodland Association.
  • NNR Clyde Valley Woodlands

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    Carved by ice and water from the surrounding gently rolling landscape, the steepness of the gorge sides here has protected the trees from felling. These ancient woodlands have clung to these gorge sides for centuries, providing a sanctuary for a wealth of wildlife….
  • NNR Loch Lomond

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    Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve (NNR) encompasses 430 hectares of land in the southeastern parts of Loch Lomond. Loch Lomond NNR supports a wide range of bird species, including Greenland white-fronted geese; greylag geese; grasshopper warbler; sedge warbler; reed bunting; redstart; spotted flycatcher; skylark; buzzards; and snipe. Ospreys are also regularly seen at the Endrick Mouth section of the Reserve.
  • Overtoun Estate

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    Overtoun Estate is at the foot of the Kilpatrick Hills and extends to some 55 hectares, the majority of which is mixed oak woodland, grazing, and landscaped gardens. The Estate is accessible to the public and is used regularly for walks and picnics.
  • RP Clyde Muirshiel

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    The Park covers an area of 108 square miles (280 km2) of Inverclyde, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, stretching from Greenock in the north, down the coast to Largs and West Kilbride and inland to Dalry and Lochwinnoch.
  • RSPB Baron’s Haugh

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    Baron's Haugh is an important community nature reserve in Motherwell and is a real gem for wildlife and for visitors too. Spend time in one of the four hides, looking out at the ducks and swans on the haugh, or take a walk through the woods.
  • RSPB Inversnaid

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    Set in the remote and awe-inspiring scenery of the Trossachs, Inversnaid boasts both a romantic and interesting history. It’s a very special place for nature lovers. Exploring the trails at this stunning reserve will bring you face-to-face with extraordinary wildlife, long-lost ruins and spectacular views. In the summer, pied flycatchers and redstarts breed here, along with resident birds. Buzzards nest on the crags in the wood and black grouse can sometimes be seen on the moorland…
  • RSPB Lochwinnoch

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    RSPB Lochwinnoch Reserve - Largs Road, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire PA12 4JF - 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.
  • SWT Cathkin Marsh

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    Situated not far from Carmunnock village and the major town of East Kilbride, Cathkin Marsh is nestled unassumingly between a landfill site and agricultural land. The Marsh boasts the wide range of species you would expect, plus the ubiquitous gulls and corvids making good use of our waste. Thankfully, it lacks much of the vandalism problem that blights other Lanarkshire sites. Access is via a gate and along a hedge-rowed path. Avid listers will quickly accumulate ticks just by standing still.In Spring and Summer, expect to see warblers. Autumn brings us migrant thrushes and finches. Yellowhammer frequent the reserve, which is also good for wildfowl and waders. The fields adjacent to the path offer Skylark, and in season, massed flocks of corvids and gulls and occasional raptors. Parking is limited to a siding on the single –track road outside the reserve, or by prior arrangement with SWT, inside the gate of the reserve itself. Access is generally good, although conditions underfoot can be wet at times. Coulter’s Wood (an immature woodland with potential in terms of finches, tits, and raptors) is a mile walk away.
  • SWT Cathkin Marsh

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    Cathkin Marsh is a beautiful area of fen and marshy grassland. It is home to many birds, including snipe, water rail and reed bunting which can be viewed from the hide and boardwalk. Butterflies and dragonflies can be seen and there are attractive displays of wildflowers during the summer.
  • SWT Cumbernauld Glen

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    The ancient woodland of Cumbernauld Glen is a haven for wildlife and also provides an important, relaxing environment for local people. Early spring sees pockets of snowdrops appearing and summer brings a profusion of bluebells. The meadow attracts butterflies, including small pearl-bordered fritillary.
  • SWT Falls of Clyde

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    The reserve stretches along both sides of the Clyde gorge, from New Lanark to Bonnington Weir. As well as the falls, the gorge is fringed by ancient natural woodland and modern mixed plantation. Part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership.
  • SWT Forest Wood

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    Forest Wood is on the southern edge of Cumbernauld. It consists mainly of plantation woodland, with small areas of lowland peat bog, heath and grassland. A number of flowering plants and fungi thrive, with damselflies and palmate newts dwelling in the pond. Cuckoos can be heard during springtime.
  • SWT Garrion Gil

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    Garrion Gill is a small ancient woodland reserve clinging to the steep sides of the Garrion Burn. The woodland canopy and underlying soils provide diverse plant habitats and cover for badgers and roe deer. Woodland birds include spotted flycatcher, sparrowhawk and woodcock.
  • SWT Glen Moss

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    Glen Moss has areas of marshland, woodland and wet heath with open water and sheltered, shallow pools. It is a natural haven for songbirds, waterfowl, amphibians and insects, particularly dragonflies and damselflies. Rare plants include the coral root orchid.
  • SWT Loch Ardinning

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    Loch Ardinning is a picturesque, visitor-friendly wildlife haven with areas of wetland, woodland, grassland and moorland. Mature willow, birch and alder thrive in the wetlands along the south west shore and reeds, rushes and sedges fringe the northern shores. Chance to spot black grouse.
  • SWT Loch Ardinning

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    Loch Ardinning is a picturesque, visitor-friendly wildlife haven with areas of wetland, woodland, grassland and moorland. Mature willow, birch and alder thrive in the wetlands along the south west shore and reeds, rushes and sedges fringe the northern shores.
  • SWT Loch Libo

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    Loch Libo is a long, shallow freshwater loch with aspen growing in the shallow waters and a hillside cloaked in mature sycamore and ash woodland. Rare plants such as cowbane, water parsnip and greater tussock-sedge grow along the shore and there are also signs of otters and water voles.
  • SWT Lower Nethan Gorge

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    Lower Nethan Gorge reserve is one of the best examples of semi-natural woodland still surviving in the Clyde Valley. Rich ash and elm woodland grows on the steep slopes, supporting a wide variety of plants and animals, including green woodpeckers, otters and badgers.
  • SWT Luggiebank Wood

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    Luggiebank Wood has grassland, scrub and riverside woodland habitats. Alder and birch cover has allowed a rich and diverse ground flora to develop where wildflowers flourish. Kingfishers and dippers can be seen diving into the meandering Luggie Water and badgers may be spotted in the woodland.
  • SWT Possil Marsh

    WebpageLoch Ardinning is a picturesque, visitor-friendly wildlife haven with areas of wetland, woodland, grassland and moorland. Mature willow, birch and alder thrive in the wetlands along the south west shore and reeds, rushes and sedges fringe the northern shores.Satellite View
    Possil Marsh has a shallow freshwater loch surrounded by marsh, swamp and fen, with areas of willow scrub and grassland. The fen and swamp areas support locally rare plants and the reserve is also an important staging post during the spring and autumn migration for warblers and waterfowl.
  • SWT Possil Marsh Wildlife Reserve

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    Possil Marsh has a shallow freshwater loch surrounded by marsh, swamp and fen, with areas of willow scrub and grassland. The fen and swamp areas support locally rare plants and the reserve is also an important staging post during the spring and autumn migration for warblers and waterfowl.
  • SWT Seafar Wood

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    Seafar Wood is a relatively young strip of woodland west of Cumbernauld Village. The woodland habitat is still developing and clusters of bluebells and other woodland flowers are already established. Areas of scrub and remnants of agricultural hedgerows provide habitats for birds.
  • SWT Upper Nethan Gorge

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    Upper Nethan Gorge is a gorge carved by the River Nethan. This peaceful ancient woodland supports a huge range of species, including locally uncommon plants such as broadleaved helleborine, wood melick and meadow saxifrage. Great spotted woodpeckers and buzzards are often seen.
  • WP Auchnacraig

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    Auchnacraig Woodland Park is a 44Ha woodland estate situated north of Faifley.
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  • Rosslee Guest House

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    Rosslee Guest House is a former Victorian church manse which is now a comfortable, family run guest house situated between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The town of Airdrie is situated 12 miles from Glasgow, 35 miles from Edinburgh, 17 miles from Stirling and 14 miles from Lanark. The M8, M80 and M74 are all within 10 minutes drive of the house which makes it an ideal central location for exploring the Central Belt and the Borders of Scotland. Pam and Alan McFadzean look forward to welcoming you to Rosslee and to making your stay comfortable and enjoyable.
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    The birds and other wildlife to be found in and around Glasgow (and sometimes further afield). All photographs on this blog are copyright Jim Coyle.

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