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Birding Inverclyde

Inverclyde (meaning mouth of the Clyde) is one of 32 council areas used for local government in Scotland. Together with the East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire council areas, Inverclyde forms part of the historic county of Renfrewshire, which currently exists as a registration county and lieutenancy area - located in the west central Lowlands.

It borders the North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire council areas, and is otherwise surrounded by the Firth of Clyde. Its landward area is bordered by the Kelly, North and South Routen burns to the south west (separating Wemyss Bay and Skelmorlie, North Ayrshire) and part of the River Gryfe and the Finlaystone Burn to the south-east.It is one of the smallest councils in terms of area (29th) and population (27th) out of the 32 Scottish unitary authorities. Along with the council areas clustered around Glasgow it is considered part of Greater Glasgow in some definitions, although it is physically separated from the city area by open countryside and does not share a border with the city.

Inverclyde has just two local nature reserves; Coves Reservoir and Wemyss Bay Woods, although there a number of SSIs and two areas of special protection; the Inner Clyde Estuary and Renfrewshire Heights.

Top Sites

Cloch Point

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Cloch Point is situated just off the A770 on the west side of Gourock at the Cloch Lighthouse, it is a great place to see Manx Shearwaters (sometimes in large numbers) at close range as well as Guillemots, Razorbills, Black Guillemot, Gannet, Sandwich Terns and Kittiwakes from mid-July Through August. Skuas also turn up occasionally into early October.

County Recorder

Iain Gibson

8 Kenmure View, Howwood, Johnstone, Renfrewshire PA0 1DR

01505 705874


Useful Reading

Fieldguides & Other Birding Books
For a full list of fieldguides and other books see the general UK page

Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

by Mike Madders & Julia Welstead | Christopher Helm | 2002 | Paperback | 297 pages, b/w illus, maps |

ISBN: 071365693X

Buy this book from NHBS.com


SOC Clyde Branch


Zoology Department, Graham Kerr Building, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area).


Abbreviations Key

LNR Coves Reservoir


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The Green Gym meets once a week on a Wednesday morning at Coves Reservoir in Greenock. We carry out a variety of tasks to help improve the site for wildlife and people including managing the woodlands, planting wildflowers and bulbs, maintaining the path network, collecting litter, creating habitats and much more! We also take the time to observe what plants and animals are living at Coves Reservoir, learn about nature photography and have a good chat over a cup of tea each week!

LNR Wemyss Bay Woods


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The Wemyss Bay woods were cleaned up and maintained in the early part of the century by Wemyss Bay Community Woodland Association.

RP Clyde Muirshiel


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The Park covers an area of 108 square miles (280 km2) of Inverclyde, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, stretching from Greenock in the north, down the coast to Largs and West Kilbride and inland to Dalry and Lochwinnoch.

SWT Glen Moss


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Glen Moss has areas of marshland, woodland and wet heath with open water and sheltered, shallow pools. It is a natural haven for songbirds, waterfowl, amphibians and insects, particularly dragonflies and damselflies. Rare plants include the coral root orchid.

Forums & Mailing Lists

Inverclyde Birding

Facebook Page

News and views etc

Trip Reports


Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

Places to Stay

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Castle Levan


From March 2003 the castle is open to guests as a B&B accommodation. We will make a special effort to provide exactly what you want and so prices will vary according to your particular requirements. As a guide our typical tariffs start from £45 per person per night. We offer continental, English or Scottish breakfast, and if you wish we can also prepare supper for you…