Nature Notes

common sandpiper
common sandpiper

The Falls of Clyde are spectacular at any time of the year and in all conditions. At low water, the craggy rocks create a diverse backdrop for the water flowing over the huge drops.

During high water, the sheer volume of water cascading over the falls is a sight and sound to behold. Normally these conditions only occur after a day or more of heavy rain.

From May 14, however, Scottish Power will be taking the power station offline for two weeks. This means water will not be taken from the river to power the hydroelectric station, so whatever the weather the falls will be in full flow.


It’s not just the falls that will be in full flow these next few weeks. The peregrines are the proud parents of two chicks and are being kept very busy feeding them.

The chicks (eyasses) hatched on Sunday, April 29 and hopefully there will be a third on the way as there is still one egg in the nest.

The eyasses are quite small but with four to six meals a day they are growing quickly. This means it won’t be long before their fluffy white heads are popping out of the nest for everyone to see.


A common sandpiper was spotted feeding along the river bank opposite the Visitor Centre recently.

These small waders typically breed along fast flowing rivers, making the Clyde at New Lanark an ideal habitat.

Be sure to visit the reserve to see the feast of sights on offer. Call the Visitor Centre on 01555 665 262 or email for more information.

Thanks to those of you who contacted us in response to our article about jays. It’s great to know they are out there being enjoyed!