Birdwatching in the Three Towns

Some people think that to see interesting wildlife, you have to travel for miles, but it’s surprising how many birds can be seen in the Three Towns area and how many unusual visitors have been spotted locally. Starting up at Ardrossan North Shore, you can see large waders like curlew, redshank and oystercatcher, while offshore you can find mallard, wigeon, mute swans and eiders. In summer, the female eiders bring their chicks in a big group (called a crèche) to feed on the rocky foreshore, finding safety in numbers.