Falls of Clyde in Scotland


New Lanark is a Scottish village on the River Clyde that was founded in 1786 by David Dale.
The Falls of Clyde is the collective name of four linn (Scots: waterfalls) on the River Clyde near New Lanark , South Lanarkshire.
The Falls of Clyde comprise the upper falls of Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn, Dundaff Linn, and the lower falls of Stonebyres Linn. Corra Linn is the highest, with a fall of 84 feet.
The Falls of Clyde is an area of mixed woodland, including semi-natural native oakwoods and some areas of conifer plantation. It provides suitable habitat for badgers, roe deer, and over 100 species of bird. The site is well known for its resident breeding pair of peregrine falcons, which are protected during the breeding season by Operation Peregrine, providing security for the birds and a chance for the public to view the birds .Within the reserve the Clyde River is suitable habitat for otters and kingfishers as well as the protected brook lamprey.

Just a stone's throw away from the Clyde Falls, the scenery and the vegetation changes.
There are wild flowers in abundance with almost 500 species of plants which can be seen at their best in spring when carpets of Wood Anemones, Marsh Marigolds and Bluebells cover the ground.
One specimen worth searching out is Purple Saxifrage, usually associated with Alpine landscapes, rocky mountain streams and high altitude.
Located on the reserve is Britain's first commercial Hydro-Electric Power Station. Bonnington Power Station was constructed in 1926 by the Clyde Valley Electrical Power Co. It is still in use today, operated by Scottish Power. It has the capacity to generate 11 megawatts (MW)