Established in 2000 – 18 years and counting!
The aim of the forum is to provide current information (and be a referral for past records) of Birds, Mammals and Cetaceans in the Angus and Eastern Scotland area. This is done via a forum which is open to the public and where sightings can be posted and viewed. Sightings are obviously not guaranteed but filtered as best as possible, and news regarding sensitive species may be edited if need be. It is also a handy place to post your photographs, ask questions, meet local wildlife enthusiasts and promote local wildlife events.
Montrose Basin Heritage Society (MBHS) was formed in 1999 to promote the study and understanding of the natural and historical development of the Montrose Basin area. Montrose Basin is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and a RAMSAR (internationally important wetland site).
Montrose lies at the eastern end of the South Esk River where it flows into the North Sea. Once a broad estuary, the access to the sea has been partly reduced by a spit of land laid down from the northern side of the river. Montrose town now lies on this spit, with its medieval core located on the highest point.
The MBHS area of study is the parishes adjacent to the Basin – Montrose itself, Dun, Maryton and Craig, but the nature of the study and its location adjacent to Montrose – an international port for over one thousand years – means information may be available on a much greater area – with links to many areas around the world.
Welcome to the Wildlife of Montrose Basin
Montrose, on the North East coast of Scotland, is notable for its tidal basin. There is a variety of different zones on the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve ranging from the mud, fresh water, sea water, brackish water, saltmarsh, reedbed, unimproved grassland and arable land.
The Reserve is particularly noted for the birds that breed, feed and roost there, including eider, pink-footed geese, mute swans, redshank, lapwing, pintail and wigeon.
Being a Local Nature Reserve, it is also important for the leisure activities it supports that co-exist with the wildlife – birdwatching, sailing, fishing and wildfowling among others.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a membership organisation and this Group acts as the focus for Angus and Dundee members who want to participate in conservation, fund-raising, site visits or just attend local wildlife events. If you are interested in wildlife in Angus and Dundee or the rest of Scotland, the Scottish Wildlife Trust is your voice for Scottish Wildlife conservation.
We’re always happy to welcome new members, so please get in touch.