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Montrose Basin Nature Reserve

Montrose, Dundee and Angus, Scotland

Attraction Information

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Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

Montrose Basin Nature Reserve, just minutes from the centre of Montrose, on the North East coast of Scotland, is notable for its tidal basin that plays host to large numbers of wildfowl, waders, and up to 60,000 migrating geese every year!
There are a variety of different habitat zones on the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve, including mud, fresh water, sea water, brackish water, salt marsh, reed bed, unimproved grassland, and arable land. This enclosed estuary covering 750 hectares, is particularly noted for the birds that breed, feed and roost there, but it is also notable for its plant life (both in and out of the water). Being a Local Nature Reserve, it is also important for the leisure activities it supports to co exist with the wildlife and bird watching, sailing, fishing, and wildfowling.
The Visitor Centre offers high powered telescopes, binoculars, and even live video footage in order to allow you to view some of the 50,000 migratory birds, as well as potentially catching sight of seals, otters, eels and salmon. The centre also has interactive toys and games, such as microscopes, puzzles, and species peepholes!
Regular wildlife events are held at the Reserve, including children's activities, and guided walks.


  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


Angus, Montrose, Dundee and Angus, DD10 9TA, Scotland


Click here to visit Montrose Basin Nature Reserve's website
01674 676336

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

November - February: Friday to Monday 10:30 - 16:00
February - October: Monday to Sunday  10:30 - 17:00

Closed on 25th & 26th December, 1st & 2nd January


Adults: £4.00, Concessions: £3.00, Family: £7.50, Kids (5-16): 50p, Under 5's: Free

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Eating information

The Visitor Centre carries Fairtrade tea and coffee along with a variety of snacks, which range from crisps and chocolate, to biscuits and cereal bars.


Toilets, including disabled toilets, can be found at the Visitor Centre.

Gift shop

The Visitor Centre's gift shop has a range of wildlife and Fairtrade gifts, as well as books and a selection of binoculars.

Baby food facilities

Baby changing facilities can be found at the Visitor Centre.


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Montrose, Dundee and Angus, Scotland

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