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Baron's Haugh (RSPB)

LOCALITY: Motherwell, North Lanarkshire
DISTANCE: 1 miles (1.61 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs

GRADIENT: A few ups & downs
OS MAP: Motherwell & Coatbridge

Walk description:

Baron's Haugh (RSPB) is 1/2 mile from the centre of Motherwell.

Take Junction 6 off the M74, take the road to Motherwell. Bear right at the next traffic lights sign posted to Wishaw. Turn right at the third mini-roundabout, and follow the road to the junction, turn left then immediately right to enter the reserve; the car park is on the right.

The wet meadows (haugh) beside the River Clyde are the main feature of this small urban nature reserve. Some parts are permanently flooded, others flood in winter.

Over 170 species of birds have been recorded here. You may see kingfishers by the river, teals, shovelers, gadwalls, ruddy ducks and water rails all breed here. In winter there can be up to 50 whooper swans, as well as pochards, goldeneyes, and other ducks.

Good viewing opportunities with four hides and two nature trails one of half a mile and the other 2 miles long.

Baron's Haugh (RSPB) is open all year.

Additional notes:

The longer trail is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Two hides are wheelchair accessible and can be reached by car.

For further information contact:
RSPB Nature Centre
Largs Road

Tel: 01505 842663


09/01/2008 | Walk posted by Admin Team

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