RSPB Lochwinnoch

Renfrewshire | Lochwinnoch | Nature reserve | ★★

[RSPB Lochwinnoch]

Under 20 miles from Glasgow, RSPB Lochwinnoch is a friendly nature reserve with year-round appeal. Three lochs nearly join together here in the valley of the Black Cart Water, forming part of an important wildlife corridor between the River Clyde and the Ayrshire coast. The wetland attracts ducks and swans over winter, with entertaining courtship displays in spring, wildflowers and butterflies in summer, and swallows gathering for migration in autumn. Several level trails lead to viewpoints for each loch (pick up a map from the visitor centre), with play areas for children and bird hides if you want to stay for longer. Even if you don't spot any star species, it's a fine spot for a stroll.

[Swan nest building on Aird Meadow Loch]

Location & info

📌 RSPB Lochwinnoch ★★
By the A760 0.5 mi southeast of Lochwinnoch, G.R.: NS 359581 ///hack.valid.salt
🚆🚌 Train / bus to Lochwinnoch railway station | 🚗 Car park
Trails always open. Visitor centre open daily | Trails: £3 adult / £1.50 child / free for RSPB members. Visitor centre: free

[Goldfinches on the Aird Meadow Trail]

[Visitor centre]

[Pond dipping area]

[Children's play area]

[Hedgehog hotel]

[Aird Meadow Loch]

[Aird Meadow Trail]

[Castle Semple Loch]

[Swans courting]

[Tod's Seat]

[Channel Hide view]

[Teal pair]


[Wetland at the south end of Aird Meadow Loch]

[Canada goose]

[Chaffinches on the Aird Meadow Trail]


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