New path at RSPB Scotland Baron’s Haugh will replace section of Clyde Walkway eroded away by the river

Jenny Tweedie

Tuesday 18 October 2016

A section of the Clyde Walkway that collapsed into the river due to erosion has been replaced by a new path at RSPB Scotland Baron's Haugh.

The new path, which has been funded by the Land Trust and the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership, runs for half a kilometre and provides an alternative route for visitors exploring the Motherwell nature reserve.

Gerry McAuley, RSPB Scotland Area Reserve Manager, said: "Baron's Haugh is extremely popular with walkers and nature lovers, and we're keen to make it as accessible to the public as possible. There's been an on-going issue with erosion of the riverbank and the Clyde Walkway, and while we've been able to put in place minor diversions so far, a bit of the original path has now entirely disappeared into the river.

"The Clyde is a dynamic watercourse, and the number of flood events we've experienced has increased in recent years. It seems sensible to assume that this will continue into the future, and after looking at a number of options, we've decided to move the path further away from that part of the river, allowing the natural process of erosion to continue.

"The new route links up with the existing path network, and provides a walkway leading through the reserve's parkland."

The new path is part of a number of improvements that are taking place at Baron's Haugh this autumn, including habitat work that will help to make the site a better home for nature, as well as providing good wildlife viewing opportunities for visitors.

The last couple of months have already seen some fantastic sightings at the reserve, with wading birds such as black-tailed godwits, little stint, ruff and green sandpipers arriving to feed on the haugh's mudflats.

Warden Mark Mitchell will also be continuing to run regular events this autumn, with Get Arty in Nature on October 18, and Winter Arrivals on November 6. Details of these events can be found at or by emailing

The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership is a Heritage Lottery Fund supported organisation. The aims of the organisation are to conserve, enhance and celebrate the unique landscape and cultural heritage of the Clyde and Avon valleys. The Partnership consists of ten key partners: Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Clydesdale Community Initiatives, New Lanark Trust, North Lanarkshire Council, Northlight Heritage, RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Wildlife Trust, South Lanarkshire Council and Rural Development Trust. For further information about the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership, please visit, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

Land Trust is enrolled as an Approved Body under the Scottish Landfill Tax (Regulations) 2015 and as an Environmental Body under the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996

Last Updated: Tuesday 28 August 2018

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