It's not manned but usually has info about recent bird sightings posted on a chalk board by the Ranger and in a book by visitors.It's in a softer part of North Uist,scenery-wise,especially on a sunny day mid-summer with wildflowers everywhere.Corncrakes sometimes heard as you drive in.Baby lapwing chicks in the neighbouring fields.
Probably won't see more here than you will in other parts though a lovely beach is close- by over the machair.Building is nicely done and good toilets.The correct Gaelic pronunciation of Balranald is more like "baali - raal." The coastal circuit walk is ok, the beach you arrive at is - as with most of the island beaches- beautiful.I'm only giving it an average rating because I do think a bit more could be done to inform people of up to date sightings and best places to look throughout the island.Our most frequent sightings of sea eagles, golden eagles,hen harriers and short-eared owls have been on the coastal road north from the reserve itself or over at the Langass Lodge area, but unless you know the island well, you won't know these things.
So saying, as avid birdwatchers, we would never miss popping in to this place.I love it.
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