The following events are taking place around AB301QT (Aberdeen) over the next four weeks:



March 2017

Starry night
Saturday, 04 March 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Join local expert Robert Law from Mills Observatory, Dundee to view the night sky. Adult £5, concession/member £4, child £3, child member £2.

Turtles in trouble
Friday, 10 March 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Join us for an interesting evening for all ages looking at the story of the Leatherback turtle and how we can help. Led by an expert from Marine Conservation Scotland.


April 2017

Bird ID for beginners
Sunday, 02 April 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Want to increase your knowledge and gain confidence? Need help tuning in to bird song? Join one of our teacher naturalist team to be guided through the basics. Limited places available.

Wild about the Basin
Wednesday, 05 April 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Hunt for the creatures that make Montrose Basin their home. Children’s activity.

Wild about the Basin
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Hunt for the creatures that make Montrose Basin their home. Children’s activity.

Easter Egg Trail – family fun
Saturday, 15 April 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Follow the clues inside and outside the Visitor Centre, find the eggs and hopefully win a prize! Normal visitor centre charges apply..


May 2017

Wildlife detectives - family fun
Sunday, 14 May 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Hunt around the Tayock part of our Nature Reserve to discover what lurks in the undergrowth! Meet at Tayock car park. Adult £5, concession/member £4, child £3, child member £2.

Optical fair
Sunday, 21 May 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

A wide selection of telescopes and binoculars to choose from. Let us help you make the right choice with expert advice from an Optics representative.


June 2017

Journey to the centre of the mud
Sunday, 25 June 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

See Montrose from a different perspective on a guided walk across the mud! Refreshments will be provided at the Shelduck Hide while you watch the birds and other wildlife. Wear wellies and old clothes.


July 2017

Wild about the Basin
Wednesday, 05 July 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Hunt for the creatures that make Montrose Basin their home. Children’s activity.

Balsam battle
Sunday, 09 July 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Join the ranger for an informative day of practical volunteer work controlling invasive non-native species on the reserve. Wear sturdy footwear and old clothes covering arms and legs.

Wild about the Basin
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Hunt for the creatures that make Montrose Basin their home. Children’s activity.

Angus coastal wildlife wander
Sunday, 16 July 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Arbroath to Auchmithie - 4 miles / 6.4km Join the ranger for a moderate guided walk along the coast taking in the wildlife on the way.

Wild about the Basin
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Hunt for the creatures that make Montrose Basin their home. Children’s activity.

Wild about the Basin
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Hunt for the creatures that make Montrose Basin their home. Children’s activity.


August 2017

Wild about the Basin
Wednesday, 02 August 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Hunt for the creatures that make Montrose Basin their home. Children’s activity.

Wild about the rocky shore
Wednesday, 09 August 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Use our nets to dip for the creatures lurking in the rock pools. Wear wellies! Meet at north end of Victoria Park, Arbroath.

Angus coastal wildlife wander
Sunday, 13 August 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Auchmithie to Lunan Bay - 6 ¾ miles / 11km Join the ranger for a moderate guided walk along the coast taking in the wildlife on the way. Bring a packed lunch.

Marvellous moths
Friday, 18 August 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

An interesting evening to discover more about the moths at Montrose Basin and how surveys are carried out. Adult £5, concession/member £4, child £3, child member £2.

Bird ringing demonstration
Sunday, 20 August 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Find out how licensed ringers catch, examine and ring some of the birds that visit the reserve. Adult £5, concession/member £4, child £3, child member £2.


September 2017

Bat –talk & walk
Sunday, 10 September 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Join a member of staff for a talk about bats and a guided walk along the Lurgies. Try your hand at bat detecting.


October 2017

Optical fair
Sunday, 01 October 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

A wide selection of telescopes and binoculars to choose from. Let us help you make the right choice with expert advice from an Optics representative.

Awesome autumn
Wednesday, 04 October 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Join our staff for some seasonal activities and crafts. Children’s activity.

People’s Postcode Lottery goose breakfast
Sunday, 08 October 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Enjoy the spectacle of thousands of Pink-footed geese on the Basin at dawn. Return to the visitor centre for breakfast and the opportunity to learn about other wildlife on the reserve.

Awesome autumn
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Join our staff for some seasonal activities and crafts. Children’s activity.

Pink sunset
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Join the ranger to watch the sunset and see the geese return to roost on the Basin. Followed by hot soup and a roll.

A gabble about geese
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Join the ranger for an informative talk on the thousands of pink-footed geese that roost on the basin. Where do they come from? Why are they here? How on earth do we count them all? Light refreshments will be provided.


November 2017

World wader watch
Saturday, 04 November 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Join the Visitor Centre staff and volunteers as they count the wading birds on the Basin on this special weekend. Normal visitor centre charges apply.


December 2017

Christmas at the Basin
Sunday, 10 December 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

Join the ranger to experience the sight and sound of Pink-footed geese returning to roost at the Basin, while enjoying a festive hot drink and mince pie. Adult £6, child £3.

Christmas crafts
Sunday, 10 December 2017
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose

A range of Christmas themed craft activities on offer to entertain the children while adults look for inspiration in our shop or simply enjoy the visitor centre. Normal visitor centre charges apply.

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