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Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust

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A92 Montrose to Arbroath Rd | Rossie Braes, Montrose DD10 9TA, Scotland
+44 1674 676336
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Great place to visit!

Took my daughters and their friend to this gem of a place, having driven past for 9 years! A lovely... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Andrea W
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Inverbervie
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BEAUTIFUL wildlife reserve

A beautiful wildlife reserve in the bay of Montrose Scotland. Many seabirds butterflies and all... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pearl P
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Gourdon
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Montrose Basin is the enclosed estuary of the South Esk River. The reserve includes a 4-star visitor centre along with four remote bird hides. Covering 750 hectares, Montrose Basin is home to thousands of migratory birds including pink-footed geese, common terns, knots and sedge warblers. Highlights include telescopes, binoculars and live footage of migratory birds. Children will love the interactive toys and games such as microscopes, wildlife portal and puzzles. Children's activities and themed events are held regularly, as well as formal and informal educational groups run throughout the year. Fairtrade tea and coffee can be enjoyed with panoramic views across the Basin, and a range of wildlife gifts are available from the gift shop.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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A92 Montrose to Arbroath Rd | Rossie Braes, Montrose DD10 9TA, Scotland
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"pink footed geese"
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"bird watching"
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"their natural habitat"
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"children's corner"
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"staff are very friendly and helpful"
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"well worth a visit"
in 10 reviews
"sea birds"
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"nice gift shop"
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"brilliant place"
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"great interpretation"
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"interactive activities"
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"eider ducks"
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"pouring rain"
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"bird life"
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"interesting displays"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took my daughters and their friend to this gem of a place, having driven past for 9 years! A lovely volunteer made us so welcome and showed us the seals and beautiful birds! Thanks for a great time

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MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Andrea, Thank you so much for this lovely review! We're so glad that you discovered us and had such a great time. Hopefully we'll see you again in the future! Joanna

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful wildlife reserve in the bay of Montrose Scotland. Many seabirds butterflies and all kinds of creatures. Montrose is in North East Scotland has numerous restaurants and historic sites Nice for an away day

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staff here were very very helpful, knowledgable and accommodating. We saw an osprey which caught a flat fish and sat munching on its lunch for over an hour Lots to see and do. Such a must if your in the area.More

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MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you very much for leaving us such a positive review! It's really encouraging to hear that you found us to be helpful and accommodating during your visit. And we're glad that an osprey was around while you were here! Hope to see you...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

A superb visitor, well equipped with viewing scopes and staff around giving advice. We saw two ospreys, one eating a fish. Also about 30 seals on a sandbank plus herons and many other birds.

Thank Pam D
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MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2018

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this review! We're glad you walked away with some great wildlife sightings. We're loving how ideal our visitor centre is for osprey watching at the moment! Joanna

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Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

We took Canadian relations to this attraction last week. They loved searching for the wildlife. It was a beautiful day and we had a lovely time using the binoculars. Alison was very knowledgeable and told us about what birds we were seeing also about what...More

Thank Swankieliz
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MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2018

Hello, Thank you very much for leaving this lovely review! Alison will be glad to hear that she made someone's visit a good learning experience. Ospreys are still a regular sighting at the moment - come at low tide before the end of September and...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2018

Spent a couple of hours here before catching a train home. Excellent viewing place with several good telescopes - could have spent all day watching an osprey on a post demolishing a flatfish! Lovely atmosphere, good coffee available, people obviously welcome to bring their own...More

Thank SusanButts
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MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2018

Hello, Thank you very much for leaving us this review! We're loving how often we've been having osprey sightings lately and are glad that you got to saw one in action. Yes - we're always happy for people to bring their own lunches and have...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

We've just got back from a visit to the Montrose Basin Visitor Centre with our granddaughter, aged 5. What a difference from when we went some years ago! Our little girl didn't want to leave! We saw basking sea's and an osprey! The children's section...More

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MontroseBasin, Assistant Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2018

Hello, Thank you very much for leaving us this lovely review. We're always happy to hear that our children's corner is popular! And that's great you got to see an osprey and lots of seals. Hope to see you all again soon, Joanna

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

We went here asking if we could take our dog for a walk along the side of the basin. The girls proficiently directed with a leaflet to a lovely walk across an embankment at the top of the Montrose basin with our dog. It was...More

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MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2018

Thank you so much for your positive review, we are really pleased that you had a lovely walk. We hope to see you again soon! Louise

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

Even if you just have a passing interest in bird watching in your garden you will be amazed to see the birds and wildlife from this fantastic facility near the edge of Montrose Basin. There are viewing scopes and binoculars available to get up close...More

Thank David M
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MontroseBasin, Lead Teacher Naturalist at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

Many thanks for such a positive review, we're glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again if you're in the area. Alison

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Reviewed 21 April 2018

The staff at the centre are always very helpful and the shop and facilities are excellent. Plenty for people of all ages and great information on display. The hides are also superb for birding.

Thank DavidMay1945
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MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2018

Hello, Thank you very much for leaving us such a positive review! We're so glad we've been of help to you when you've visited. Hopefully we'll see you again soon! Joanna

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Katherine A
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Hello! We're glad to hear that you're looking forward to visiting us later this year. We are open daily, 10:30am - 5pm. It's around a half hour walk from the town centre, but if you're wanting to take advantage of the walks... More
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