On your next day out why not consider Baron's Haugh, a community nature reserve on the edge of Motherwell. Managed since 1983 by the RSPB. It comprises 107.3 hectares of richly varied habitats. The Reserve has over 25,000 visitors each year – birders, dog walkers and other recreationists. It is nationally important for its numbers of wintering Whooper swans and breeding Gadwall and is a well known site for passage waders and hosts an excellent bird spectacle at all times of year.
Baron's Haugh is the perfect destination for walkers looking to explore. Everyone is encouraged to explore the pathways of the Reserve and visit the four hides that are always open and offer superb viewing of the open water area.
The main pathway follows the River Clyde where interesting wildlife can be spotted including Kingfishers and regularly seen otters. Strathclyde Country Park is a 30 minute walk downstream.
By bicycle - follow Sustrans cycle route
By train - Alight at Airbles train station onto Airbles Road. Turn right onto main road and right again at the second mini roundabout. Continue to the bottom of the road, and turn left then right to the reserve entrance.
By bus - Alight on Airbles road and follow directions as above.
By road - Junction 6 of M74, take the Motherwell exit. Keep right at the next traffic lights (Wishaw). Turn right at the third mini-roundabout, and follow the road to the junction and turn left, then immediately right to enter the reserve; the car park is on the right.
Tel: 0141 331 0993
Location: RSPB Barons Haugh Motherwell, North Lanarkshire