Balranald Nature Reserve

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Coordinates: 57°36′33″N 7°30′11″W / 57.609164°N 7.502957°W / 57.609164; -7.502957 The Balranald Nature Reserve is an RSPB reserve on the north west coast of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

The reserve is open all year round and has a small unmanned visitor centre [1]

Balranald has a number of birds that can be viewed there regularly such as lapwings, corn buntings, greylag geese and the famous corncrake which has a distinctive rasping sound in the summer months. North Uist has also had some other rarer visitors such as the Snowy Owl,[2] Black Billed Cuckoo,[3] Gyrfalcon and the Hoopoe.[4]

Balranald Visitor Centre


  1. ^ "About Balranald". The RSPB. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  2. ^ "Hope of first owl chicks in years". BBC. 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  3. ^ "Birders flock to spot 'mega rarity' in North Uist - Island News & Advertiser". Island News & Advertiser. 2016-05-23. Archived from the original on 2016-06-30. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  4. ^ "World's largest falcon spotted on North Uist". Retrieved 2016-06-20.