Monday, 20 February 2012


Barons Haugh RSPB Reserve, Motherwell
Looking south
Pardeep Chand (ex Barons Haugh Warden) & TUB
The RSPB Glasgow crew: Jenny Tweedie, Ryan Walrath & Ruth Curruthers with TUB outside Kelvingrove Museum
Spent a lovely Sunday north of the border at the behest of RSPB Glasgow to deliver a talk within the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum - a building that really reminded me of a mini Natural History Museum. Jenny Tweedie (Communications & Media Officer) told me that it was one of the most popular tourist attractions un the UK outside London. I could see why.

The talk went well and was well attended. As ever, there is always one person in the audience that approaches me at the end to say that they had had personal experience of Wormwood Scrubs, my beloved local patch.

Earlier in the morning I spent time with Pardeep Chand who escorted me around his beloved stomping ground, Barons Haugh. Until last Friday he was the warden of this very interesting looking urban reserve. It was a mixture of wetlands and woodlands and had a good mix of birds to boot. We saw Whooper Swans, Goldeneye, Gadwall, Teal, Curlew, Lapwings and the commoner gulls whilst in the wooded areas we were entertained by Nuthatches, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Treecreepers & Goldcrests. Recent goodies here have included Spotted Crake, Long-billed Dowitcher, breeding Garganey and someone in a hide showed me footage of an Otter swimming around that he took using his mobile.

I had never heard of Barons Haugh before, but I would definitely recommend that you visit it. Cheers RSPB Glasgow for opening my eyes even further to the wildlife of your city and its environs.


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