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The area around Montrose, the Montrose Basin, is a bird watchers' utopia, packed with the some of the best views of wading birds you'll find in Scotland during the winter months.

Birds are attracted to this habitat for its glorious, glutinous mud which is rich in food and nutrients.

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Montrose Basin - Visitor Guide


Montrose Basin, Rossie Braes, Montrose, Angus and Dundee, Scotland.

Postcode DD10 9TJ
Telephone:Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre - 01674 676336
Map:Directions and Montrose Basin map
Key attractions:Bird watching, sailing, fishing. Wildlife Centre. Special events - walks, children's activities,
Essential kit:Walking boots for mud safaris. Binoculars for bird watching.
Nature watching:Regular mud safaris via the Wildlife Trust. Bird watching - arrive early to get the best out of the birding - that's when the birds arrive to feed on the mud..
Access:Wheelchair users - muddy areas can be wet and gloopy.
Getting there:Montrose is 30 miles north of Dundee.
The Montrose Basin lies just a mile and a half from the town centre. You can walk to the nature reserve run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust or get the bus.
Opening times:The reserve is open daily. The Wildlife Trust visitor centre is open year round. 15 March - 15 November - daily 10.30am- 5pm 16 November to 14 March : Fridays, Saturday and Sunday only 10:30am to 4pm.
Charges:Adults £3; Children and Wildlife Trust members free; Concessions £2.
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