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About Baron's Haugh

The Haugh (marsh) at RSPB Baron's Haugh nature reserve, near Motherwell

Image: Andy Hay

A real gem for wildlife and for visitors too. Spend time in one of the four hides, looking out at the ducks and swans on the haugh, or take a walk through the woods – in the spring you might hear woodpeckers and nuthatches, while in the winter whooper swans feed on the flooded meadows. If you’re lucky you may even see a kingfisher or an otter on the river.

Most paths are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, but may be muddy in bad weather and are steep in places. Wheelchair visitors, please call the reserve in advance for advice.

Opening times

Open at all times.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

Information for dog owners

This nature reserve is important for wildlife. RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. During the ground-nesting bird breeding season (1 April to 15 August) and in areas with livestock we would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and please clean up after your dog. To safeguard the natural heritage of the area we request that dogs are not permitted to enter the wetlands or pools.

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 55.77502,-3.98480
  • Grid reference: NS756553
  • Nearest town: Motherwell, North Lanarkshire
  • County: North Lanarkshire
  • Country: Scotland

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