• Views from the hides

    We are sorry that the views from some of the hides are not as good as they could be at the moment. There has been a huge growth in wetland plants this year and they are now stretching further than ever into the mud and water. Unfortunately at the moment we do not have the right equipment to deal with this efficiently or safely. However we should have the right machinery to cut the wetland plants back next year

    There…

    • 6 Sep 2015
  • 10K at Baron's Haugh

    There is a 10K trail run on this weekend, organized by Clyde Runners. Much of the route passes through Baron's Haugh. And with a great weather forecast, what better way to explore this oasis for wildlife in Motherwell. If you have enjoyed your visit to Baron's Haugh and would like to help us look after the nature reserve, why not use our new text to donate service. Donating just a few pounds will help us carry out…

    • 6 Sep 2015
  • Mud glorious mud!

    As summer marches on, we have been starting to let some of the water out of the Haugh, revealing lots and lots of wonderful, sticky, gloopy and often smelly mud. Not so nice for humans, but as ever it is proving popular with plenty of wading birds as they start making their way south from their summer breeding haunts. Armed with their long legs and beaks, all the mud at Baron's Haugh is the perfect place for a feed. In…

    • 19 Aug 2015
  • Get to know your trees this Saturday

    This coming Saturday (18 July), we will be hosting a fun afternoon looking at the different kinds of trees growing in the woods at Baron's Haugh. Plenty of people are really interested in knowing what the trees are around them; this will be the perfect chance to find out more. In February, we ran a winter tree identification course. This one, the summer version, will be far more straight forward... as they now actually…

    • 15 Jul 2015
  • History restored at Baron's Haugh

    We have just finished working on a brilliant project to restore some of the historic designed landscape that makes up much of the nature reserve. Not only will this give an amazing glimpse into the past, but it will create some fantastic new homes for wildlife as well. The work has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP). Much of the project has focused on…

    • 28 Apr 2015
  • Lots of trees to be planted

    We are in the midst of all kinds of exciting work at the moment at Baron's Haugh. Thanks to funding through the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP), there is plenty going on this winter to help restore some of the historic landscape at the reserve. Much of what you see around Baron's Haugh was designed deliberately as beautiful grounds for the stately Dalzell House that sits next to the nature reserve…

    • 6 Feb 2015
  • Flooding at Baron's Haugh

    Sadly, at Baron's Haugh today was the all too familiar sight of much of the reserve under the water. After days of deluge, the River Clyde has burst it's banks and is taking over! It does of course all look very impressive and dramatic, but it also means that some of the reserve is currently inaccessible - much of the Clyde Walkway and the Chestnut Walk are now submerged. If you are visiting over the next few days…

    • 10 Jan 2015
  • Get ready for the Big Garden Bird Watch at Baron's Haugh

    It is that time of year - the Big Garden Bird Watch is almost upon us... If you are looking to take part this year, or are just looking to get to know some of our common birds a little better, why not come along to our special event at Baron's Haugh on Saturday 24 January. It will be a great chance to learn how to identify the birds you are likely to see in a garden or park near you. They may not be rare, but birds such…

    • 6 Jan 2015
  • Light up the gloom this mid-winter at Baron's Haugh

    The shortest day of the year is almost upon us! To brighten up this dark time of year, we will be running a special mid winter lantern procession at Baron's Haugh on Sunday 7 December. The plan is to make some amazingly beautiful lantern out of willow branches and tissue paper, and later take them for a twilight walk through the woods. No doubt it will be very atmospheric indeed! There are two sessions to build the lanterns…

    • 28 Nov 2014
  • Baron's Haugh gets a special volunteer

    We have had all kinds of folk volunteering at Baron’s Haugh recently, from school kids to the retired and everyone inbetween. This November however, we were lucky enough to have Mike Clarke, RSPB Chief Executive Officer along for the day.

    Earlier in 2014, as recognition of the huge role of volunteers to the society, the RSPB ran a competition for reserves and projects to bid for a day of volunteering from the board…

    • 28 Nov 2014
  • The whoopers have arrived!

    New seasons bring new wildlife delights at Baron's Haugh. Many of our winter visitors have now arrived. As the water levels in the wetlands rise after the autumn wader migration season, wildfowl that have spent the summer in the far north are starting to arrive. Compared to Greenland or Iceland, Baron's Haugh is a cosy retreat. Noisy whooper swans are always entertaining to watch. We have had great numbers already, with…

    • 31 Oct 2014
  • Great time for wading birds!

    This is an absolutely fantastic time of year out at Baron's Haugh. We have been steadily dropping the water levels in the wetlands over the last month or so, and now have plenty of mud around the edges to attract wading birds as they fly south for the winter. And this year it is working a treat. If you come along to one of our four hides just now you should get great close up views of wading birds. So far this year we…

    • 5 Sep 2014
  • Plenty going on this summer at Baron's Haugh

    Summer is here at baron's Haugh, and now that the school holiday season has started, there is plenty of wildlife related fun going on at the reserve for all ages. With events ranging from creative nature photography to learning bush craft skills and heading out at night to find bats, there is something for everyone. Have a look at www.rspb.org.uk/baronshaugh for more information. If you haven't been to Baron's Haugh…

    • 30 Jun 2014
  • Dawn Chorus at Baron's Haugh

    Spring is most definitely in full swing at Baron's Haugh now. The blue bells are popping up and there are the first butterflies to be seen flitting about. Many of our summer migrants are now back, with warblers such as chiff chaffs and blackcaps singing away. You can see swarms of sand martins over the Haugh and the river.

    If you would like to experience more of this seasonal spectacle, why not come along to our…

    • 25 Apr 2014
  • Bugs and Wild Foods this Spring at the Haugh

    Spring is fast upon us at Baron's Haugh. The first chiff chaffs are singing and spring flowers are starting to pop up. The car park is awash with daffodils. As the world warms up, we have a couple of fun events for all ages coming up. On Wednesday 9 April 2-4pm, there will be the chance to look for all kinds of creepy crawlies at our Brilliant Bugs event. Then on Saturday 12 April 2-4pm, budding foragers are invited along…

    • 4 Apr 2014
  • Big Garden Bird Watch at Baron's Haugh

    If you are taking part in this year's big garden bird watch and want to get ready for the big count, or if you are just interested in the birds from your window, this event on Saturday 25 January (10.30am - 12.30noon) will be for you! We will be learning how to identify our commonest garden birds, and making some special feeders to attract birds to your garden. The birds in the woods at Baron's Haugh should be busy in…

    • 8 Jan 2014
  • Baron's Haugh turns 30!

    This year is Baron’s Haugh’s 30th anniversary as an RSPB nature reserve. Come along and help us celebrate on Saturday 8 June.

    There will be a sponsored “walk for wildlife” in the morning, with 5 and 10km routes available. The funds raised will go straight to Baron’s Haugh and help us look after this oasis for wildlife.

    Hungry walkers will be rewarded with a value for money tasty filling…

    • 29 May 2013