Make a date with nature this winter

Wrap up warm and head outdoors this winter, where if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of some of the very special visitors who choose to spend their winters in Lanarkshire.

To help you experience our amazing wildlife, we’ve created the below guide:


RSPB Baron’s Haugh

This is the winter residence of some of the 15,000 whooper swans, and their cygnets which fly south from Iceland every year.

With their trumpeting call and yellow beaks, these beautiful birds are easy to distinguish from the mute swans which reside here all year round.

Baron’s Haugh Nature Reserve is ideally set up for birdwatching with four hides located throughout.

Paths are also suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Falls of Clyde

Follow the path through the woods to the spectacular Falls of the Clyde and you could be lucky enough to spot otters and kingfishers, or catch sight of a dipper bird submerging itself under water in search of food.

Just be careful not to disturb the badgers who are beginning their extended winter snooze.


Avon Water

Following the recent creation of natural rock passes, wild Atlantic salmon can once again be seen leaping on the Avon Water.

Last winter was the first time in more than 100 years that salmon were able to complete the final stretch of their epic journey from the Atlantic to the headwaters of the Avon River.



Once you’ve finished searching for wildlife, why not extend your trip but following one of our pre-planned days out. We’ve got something for everyone from paintball experiences, to museum tours and pamper days.