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Strathclyde and Ayrshire: what to see

Enjoy the outdoors even in winter. Pick a destination with plenty to see and the weather won’t matter so much.

Baron’s Haugh RSPB reserve, Motherwell

Winter is a great time to visit Baron’s Haugh RSPB reserve, as flocks of wintering ducks such as wigeon and whooper swan join the resident bird life. They come to feed on the flooded meadows in the reserve.

See what you can spot from one of four bird hides overlooking the Haugh (wetland) or take a walk through the woods. Otters and kingfishers are sometimes seen by the River Clyde.

Motherwell lies to the north of the reserve and the River Clyde to the south. It’s easy to get to Baron’s Haugh using public transport, and you can see a wide variety of habitats and wildlife within a relatively small area.

Eglinton Country Park, Irvine

Eglinton Country Park is a good place to walk, horse ride, fish or just relax. Rain or shine, you can explore the parkland paths, riverside walkways, woodland, open hill or loch shore. Or find your way to the special viewpoint.

The ranger service runs events throughout the year, and there’s an all-ability play area near the visitor centre. Electric scooters and special needs bikes can be hired free of charge. To book in advance, call 01294 551 776.

Pollok Country Park, Glasgow

Pollok Country Park is rich in wildlife and history. Enjoy a walk through its extensive woodlands and gardens. In winter, watch out for large flocks of redwing in search of berries.

You may spot a roe deer in the woods or a kingfisher on the river. If not, you’re guaranteed to see birds flock to the feeding station in the Old Stable Courtyard.

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