These are some of our favourite (and most accessible) spots for experiencing some of the amazing animal and plant life around us.
RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve
This is a great place to spend the day outdoors.
The reserve includes two shallow lochs (Barr Loch and Aird Meadow Loch), together with their surrounding water meadows, marshes and woodlands. There are also two nature trails, the The Dubbs Water Trail and the Aird Meadow Trail.
It’s the perfect spot to watch whooper swans, wigeons and a wide variety of ducks. In spring, don’t miss the elaborate displays of the great crested grebes.
Jenny’s Well Nature Reserve
This beautiful nature reserve is a peaceful haven for wildlife – only minutes from Paisley town centre.
It is home to dozens of species of birds, trees, flowers, orchids, and even otters and eels in the White Cart River. If you’re lucky, you might even see a kingfisher by the river.
Formerly a quarry, the area has now been landscaped and has a network of paths. There are plenty of benches to sit and have a picnic. Whatever time of year you visit, make sure you spend a little time on the viewing platform overlooking the River Cart.
You can also see the viaduct bridge which carries the Paisley Canal railway line over the river. The bridge was built in 1806 to a design by famous civil engineer Thomas Telford.