The Windows on Wildlife (WoW) Project is a joint Leader and Heritage Lottery Funded project based at Castle Semple Visitor Centre, which aims to show visitors that our hidden wildlife is often closer than you think. With the help of trail cameras and digital microscopes, we will have the chance to observe the wildlife that inhabits the loch and surrounding area. Highlights of this project will include the viewing of otters and badgers,
The majority of the Regional Park is designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) to help conserve the Hen Harrier. The breeding season usually starts in April with the arrival of male birds who display high above the moor to attract a mate. The birds nest build in May and the young usually hatch in June or July.
The SPA is one of a network of such sites in Scotland that are essential to the survival of this threatened species.
Read our Hen Harrier FAQ’s here.
Work is ongoing to bring people and wildlife closer together. At present, there are wildlife viewing opportunities at two of our centres. A Hen Harrier nest camera at Muirshiel Country Park, and ‘Swallowcam’ which runs at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre. Both cameras run during the breeding seasons and are freely accessible to all!
All year round this is something to see, select a season for a few suggestions on what to see when visiting, or for more detailed information on a month by month basis for different locations within the Regional Park, look at one of the wildlife almanacs.
The Regional Park’s 108 square miles provides a wide range of different habitats which is home to a variety of wildlife. Our Countryside Ranger Service are involved in monitoring and recording wildlife so please feel free to ask or Contact Us if you want to know where the best place is to see a particular species.
You can also see each of our Park Sites for further details on what can be seen at each site through the seasons
Castle Semple , Muirshiel , Greenock Cut
or see our Downloads page for Species Lists.