Scottish Wildlife Trustís (SWT) Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre at Lanark, newly renovated in 2005, brings the visitor closer to experiencing the hidden lives of key species found on the reserve. Badgers, bats, and peregrines are the focus, with complete aural experience to be had in the Bat Booth. Over 100 species of birds live on the reserve including warblers, tits, and wrens. Wildflowers and fungi grow in the grounds. Badgers, foxes, and roe deer can be spotted. In the river are otters, herons, dippers, and kingfishers.
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The survival plight faced by the spectacular peregrine falcons, one of the reserveís most famous residents, is also explored along with the nocturnal adventures of the badger. Live CCTV gives a birds-eye view of the nesting falcons and the famous Corra Linn waterfall that inspired the writer and poet William Wordsworth.
The clearly marked walking paths on the 59-hectare reserve lead to scenic views with resting benches along the way. They encompass four waterfalls, 15th century Corra Castle, and the Hall of Mirrors.
Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre
Old Mill Dyeworks, New Lanark;
one mile south of Lanark off the A73
Follow signs for New Lanark Heritage Site.
Open: wildlife reserve, 8am-8pm in summer, daylight hours in winter; Visitor Centre, Jan and Feb, noon-4pm, MarchóDec, 11am-5pm; closed Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1, 2
Guided walks; special events; shop; refreshments; parking
Web: Scottish Wildlife Trust