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

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Date posted: Tuesday, 25 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A section of the Clyde Walkway that collapsed into the river due to erosion has been replaced by a new path at RSPB Scotland Baron’s Haugh.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 Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership, runs for half a kilometre and provides an alternative route for visitors exploring the Motherwell nature reserve.

The new rerouted section of path through RSPB Baron's Haugh at Motherwell

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 Walkway had become badly eroded at RSPB Baron's Haugh at Motherwell. The new path provides half a kilometre of alternative route through the nature reserve.

“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. 

Look out for Little Stints over the autumn and winter at RSPB Baron's Haugh, Motherwell. Image courtesy of Davie Abraham

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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