FALLS OF CLYDE
A wonderful site from where to enjoy a wide variety of birds
THE FALLS OF Clyde are one of the wonders of this area of Lanarkshire, with the World Heritage Site of New Lanark making this a must-visit attraction. Its river was the main reason for the mills being built here and upstream, you’ll find, there is also a hydroelectric scheme at Bonnington. This plant was built in 1927 and was the first hydroelectric power station in Scotland. With so much water, it is not surprising that the key species are Dipper and Grey Wagtail, with Goosander as well. Don’t forget to look for Grey Heron and Kingfisher. Otters are another great find, and the site was also famous for its pair of nesting Peregrines. Recent years have not been favourable to them and you are more likely to see them nesting on high buildings in nearby towns. Another bird on the increase is the Raven and, if the Peregrines are not present, these birds will certainly make up for their absence. Both Buzzard and Sparrowhawk (pictured above) can be seen year-round. The woodlands have a rich mixture of bird life, with both Blackcap and Garden Warbler nesting, along with Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. The recent decline of Wood Warbler in southern areas has made this species hit or miss, but with 2016 having a very good breeding season in most places, they are likely to be here this year, too.