Places to watch birds in Angus

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Last Updated 4th Dec 2002
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Here are some of the places to go birdwatching in Angus. A mix of reserves and countryside ranging from cliffs and sea-watching to woodland to mountains. (OS Landranger 54 - Dundee, 44 - Ballater)
Montrose Basin LNR. (Scottish Wildlife Trust) NO690580 A tidal basin with extensive mud, sand and shingle flats. Surrounded by farmland with reedbeds, marshland and scrub mostly at the west end by the river South Esk. A SSSI, Ramsar and SPA. Facilities

Access from public roads to the east near the road bridge and at Tayock. The two hides at west end accessed from Old Mill car park (one mile walk) and are open all the time. The SWT run the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre (free to SWT members) off the main road (A92) on the south side 1 mile from town centre.

Loch of Kinnordy. (RSPB) NO360540

1 mile west of Kirriemuir on B951

Open daily in Spring and Summer and at weekends for rest of year. Three hides (one accessible to wheelchairs) viewing loch. Large black-headed gull breeding colony. Black necked grebe and ruddy duck. Osprey during summer and pink footed and greylag geese during autumn/winter. Facilities
Loch of Lintrathen. (SWT) NO280550

8 miles west of Kirriemuir on B951

A SSSI and Ramsar site. Access restricted to key holders (opens car park and hide) as the loch is a public water supply (Keys from Montrose Basin Ranger). Several parking places on surrounding public roads with good views of loch. Pink footed and greylag geese during autumn/winter. Facilities
Balgavies Loch. (SWT) NO535508

5 miles east of Forfar on A932

Public viewing point with room for 5 cars and hide with car park at the west end available for key holders (Keys from Montrose Basin Ranger). Facilities
Montreathmont Forest. (Forestry Commission) NO580540

4 miles south of Brechin on A933

Open access from rides on foot only. Mostly conifer plantation with some deciduous trees, open moor and ponds. Capercaillie and woodcock plus all common woodland birds. IMPORTANT - please DO NOT search for capercaillie during the lekking season. The Scottish conservation organisations are concerned that disturbance may adversely affect breeding success.
Coastal Sites
Lunan Bay, nr Montrose NO690510
Seaton Cliffs, Arbroath - SWT NO665414
Barry Buddon, nr Carnoustie on A930 NO545320
Monifieth Beach NO495321
Broughty Ferry Beach NO455310
Crombie Country Park NO528404

6 miles north of Monifieth on B961

A man-made reservoir with surrounding woodlands.
Monikie Country Park NO505380

4 miles north of Monifieth on B961

A man-made reservoir with surrounding woodlands.
Loch Lee NO430802

16 miles north west of Edzell

Natural loch set in dramatic mountain setting 20 minute walk from car park in Glen Esk.
Caenlochan National Nature Reserve NO210780 Large mountainous plateau with arctic plants and sub-arctic birds. Access from Glen Clova and Glen Isla.
Forfar Loch NO440505 Car park at Leasure Centre. Path round loch with public hide at west end.
Auchmithie NO683443

3 miles north of Arbroath

Cliffs good for puffins in summer.