What will students see and do?

Only 30 minutes from Glasgow, Lochwinnoch is one of the few remaining wetlands in west Scotland. This RSPB-protected nature reserve is home to an incredibly diverse selection of wildlife.

The RSPB runs workshops to introduce students from the surrounding Renfrewshire area and beyond to different habitats, making this a great trip if you want to focus on science, geography or history.

All workshop leaders are enthusiastic, qualified professionals. Activities last two hours each, and are available either as morning or afternoon sessions. It’s also possible to combine two sessions to create a full day of workshops.

The reserve has two hides, from which pupils can observe the wildlife across the wetlands. There’s also a viewing screen, a viewing tower with telescopes and a viewpoint at the end of each nature trail.

The reserve is a great place to visit year-round, thanks to the changes that take place each season and the animal encounters available. In spring, crested grebes create elaborate displays and willow warblers and chiffchaffs can be heard singing. Summer is the best time to see large amounts of swallows. There are also cygnets and ducklings on the loch.

In autumn, different types of fungi can be seen forming in the woodlands and the changing colours of the leaves are a sight to behold. In winter, you can spot various species of ducks as well as whooper swans and wigeon. It’s also a great time to spot kingfishers.

Teaching resources provided

All materials and resources are provided for each workshop. In addition, the RSPB website has lesson plans, interactive workshops and virtual classes which are free to access.

Minimum and maximum group size

You’ll be charged for a minimum of 20 pupils (16 for A-level pupils) during this visit.

Details of risk assessment

A risk assessment covering all facilities and activities held on site is sent once a booking is made. The RSPB also recommends completing your own risk assessments and the team is available to help with this process.


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Facilities on-site

On-site you’ll find a visitor centre, toilets, a cafe and a gift shop.

The outdoor picnic area is the ideal location for students to enjoy packed lunches. A natural play area is available for children to let off steam during break time.

Opening times

School workshops are designed to last two hours, with sessions running at 10am-12pm or 12.30-2.30pm – two sessions can be combined to make a whole day visit.



For early years and primary pupils the cost is £4 per two-hour session or £6.50 for two sessions. There is a minimum charge of £80 for a half day and £130 for a full day.

For KS3 and KS4 pupils the cost is £5 per two-hour session or £8 for a full day. For A-level students the price is £6 for a half-day, or £10 for a full day. There is a minimum charge of £100 for a half day and £160 for a full day for both of these age groups.

Travel arrangements

Lochwinnoch is 30 minutes from Glasgow, both by road and rail. There is a free car park on-site.


Largs Road, Lochwinnoch, Glasgow, Renfrewshire
PA12 4JF

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