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Montrose Basin


A sheltered tidal basin, Montrose Basin, an estuary of the South Esk river, takes in approximately 750 hectares/1850 acres. It's a location where thousands of migratory species are found.

Facilities found here along with the great habitat combine to make a notable birding location.


Photo by Delia Todd
View from the Bank of Scotland Hide

Notable Species

Notable species here include, in part, the Pink-footed Goose arriving in large numbers in Autumn. Large flocks of Scaup species can be seen in the Winter with Twite wintering here in good numbers as well.

Add to that Red Kite along with an occasional White-tailed Eagle.

Warmer weather is bringing more Osprey along with the Common Tern in the summer.


Some of those species not seen as often here include the Lesser Yellowlegs. The Great White Egret is in this list, but has been being seen more frequently. Add to those, the Ruddy Shelduck, Glossy Ibis, and Snow Goose.


Birds you can see here include:

Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck, Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Red-breasted Merganser, Pheasant, Great Northern Diver, Red Throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, White Tailed Eagle, Osprey, Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, Merlin, Water Rail, Moorhen, Ringed Plover,Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Guillemot, Stock Dove, Feral Pigeon, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sand Martin, House Martin, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Goldcrest, Wren, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Yellowhammer

Other Wildlife

The Grey Seal, Common (Harbour) Seals, Stoat, and an occasional Speckled Wood butterfly can be seen here.

Site Information

History and Use

To do

Areas of Interest

Multiple viewing spots

There are 8 eBird Hotspots in addition to the one specifically for Montrose Basin. See the eBird Hotspot map below for reference.

Access and Facilities

On the A92 Montrose to Arbroath road just one mile south of Montrose. Follow the brown signs to Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre.

There is a very small car park at The Lurgies and a footpath from there to the Bridge of Dun.

Visitor centre and hides, free parking

Accommodation is plentiful in the area

Contact Details


Montrose Basin, Rossie Braes, Angus DD10 9TA


01674 676336


  1. eBird - Montrose Basin - https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1255859
  2. eBird Hotspot map for Montrose Basin - https://ebird.org/hotspots?hs=L1255859&yr=all&m=
  3. Montrose Basin – Scottish Wildlife Trust - https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserve/montrose-basin/
  4. Bird Forum member's personal observations

Recommended Citation


  1. SWT Visitor Centre on Streetmap
  2. The Lurgies car park on Street Map
  3. Old Mill Car Park, Parking for Shelduck and Wigeon Hides on Street Map
  4. eBird Hotspot map for Montrose Basin

External Links

  1. Montrose Basin LNR
  2. Montrose Basin and the Surrounding Area thread - on Bird Forum
  3. Montrose Basin - Thoughts and Observations thread - on Bird Forum