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Birding Renfrewshire

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.

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Useful Reading

  • Fieldguides & Other Birding BooksFor a full list of fieldguides and other books see the general UK page ISBN: Buy this book from
  • Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

    | By Mike Madders & Julia Welstead | Christopher Helm | 2002 | Paperback | 297 pages, b/w illustrations, maps | ISBN: 9780713656930 Buy this book from
  • RSPB Renfrewshire Local Group

    The group aims to hold interesting meetings on the first Friday of each month from September to May. (In January the meeting is held on the second Friday). There is usually an external speaker at these meetings but we also hold Members' Nights where quizzes and internal presentations are the order of the day.
  • SOC Clyde Branch

    Zoology Department, Graham Kerr Building, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area).

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  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 Lochwinnoch

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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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