Just minutes from the centre of Montrose, this unique wildlife attraction combines the sights and sounds of birds such as kingfishers, ducks and geese, and mammals including seals and otters, with a host of child-friendly activities within the Visitor Centre.
The Basin, the estuary of the South Esk, covers 750 hectares, is a site of international importance for visiting and resident birds. As well as being a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the reserve is a designated Local Nature Reserve (LNR) giving greater recognition and protection to its wildlife.
What to do
A variety of guided walks are held throughout the year. Pre-booking is essential.
As part of the management of the Nature Reserve some wildfowling is allowed on Montrose Basin between 1 September and 20 February (not Sundays). Rangers monitor the shooting, ensuring that it is carried out legally and sustainably.
There is a strict permit system in place.
Application forms are available from 1 July each year.
The Countryside Ranger is available to visit schools and community groups.