Embrace nature at Baron’s Haugh this summer

Find out about butterflies and all sorts of different creatures during the various activities at Baron's Haugh.
Find out about butterflies and all sorts of different creatures during the various activities at Baron's Haugh.

There is lots going on at the RSPB Baron’s Haugh reserve in Motherwell over the summer to encourage people to connect with nature.

Nature Photography For All on Tuesday, July 8, offers a chance to have a look at nature from a different perspective, but you don’t need a fancy camera, even a camera phone will do.

Beautiful Butterflies on Saturday, July 12, offers an afternoon walk to search out some of our common butterfly species and find out more about their lives.

If you fancy yourself as the next Ray Mears try Bush Craft Skills on Wednesday, July 16, and learn how to sneak and track, along with building emergency shelters.

Eight Legs and Webs explores the world of spiders on Wednesday, July 30, tracking down some of nature’s weirdest creatures to find out about how they live, feed and move.

Find out what creatures are lurking in the pools at Explore the Watery Depths on Wednesday, August 6, and there will also be a chance to make boats.

If you’re brave enough investigate the Creatures of the Night on Friday, August 8, as a twilight walk tracks down bats to find out all about these nocturnal creatures. Bring a torch.

All activities take place from 2-4pm, except Creatures of the Night which is 8.30-10-10pm and cost £2 adult, £1 children and free for RSPB members.

Reserve warden Stephen Owen (pictured) said: “We’ve lots going on and our activities are a great opportunity for people to explore nature on their own doorstep.

“Our volunteers have done a great job of making sure it is easy for visitors to get around and the nature has played its own part by making Baron’s Haugh a great spectacle with lots of flora and fauna on display with everything from wildflowers to wild fowl.”

To book activities call on 07872 814911 or e-mail