This Saturday 30th August at 2pm you can go back in time with our costumed guide, Lady Geraldine Ross. She will guide you through Bonnington estate, now fondly known as the Falls of Clyde wildlife reserve. She will regale you with tales about the famous artists who visited in the 19th Century along with interesting yarns about the medicinal properties of wildflowers to the tasty delights of the plants found here.
The walk is funded by the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape partnership and is FREE for all. Suitable for all the family, this walk lasts two hours and can be booked by phoning our visitor centre on 01555 665 262. You will need to wear sturdy footwear and clothing for the outdoors (fingers crossed you won’t need a waterproof!). It will start at our visitor centre in the village of New Lanark and I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the reserve and its history.
Lady Geraldine is a marvelous guide and previous comments from her walks have always been glowing in praise. Of course Lady Geraldine is rather lacking in technological knowledge so I would try not to bamboozle her with your mobile phone or camera! She has lived here with her family for many years and many of you may have heard of her mother, Lady Mary who is responsible for the installation of steps down to Corra Linn, a well beyond the peregrine watch site and the iron bridge at Bonnington Linn.
Our peregrines are still regularly seen on the reserve along with herons, dippers, kingfishers, badgers, foxes, deer and even a hare near the meadow. Now that August is coming to an end you will also see that the leaves are just beginning to turn from their luscious green into their autumnal shades.
Laura Preston – Scottish Wildlife Trust, Falls of Clyde Ranger