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Issued: 20 June 2002

Nature Reserve Comes Of Age

An Angus nature reserve, recognised as one of the most important wildfowl sites in the world, is celebrating its 21st birthday.

The Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve is well known for the large numbers of pink-footed geese which visit the area - with around 38,000 birds using the basin in October and November.

In addition to the geese, other species of wildfowl and waders make the reserve an internationally important site and one which needs to be safeguarded for the future.

Angus Council declared Montrose Basin a Local Nature Reserve in 1981 and the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) and a management committee now run the basin on the Council’s behalf.

SWT has a wildlife centre on the basin's southern shore, which provides telescopes to view the birds and also interpretation on the estuary.

Angus Provost Mrs Frances Duncan visited the site today (11.30am Thursday 20 June) to mark the anniversary and to launch the Reserve's Management Plan for the next six years.

In addition, an open day is being held on Sunday (23 June), when admission to the wildlife centre will be free.

There will be a variety of activities on offer to visitors, including a workshop on the African Djembe Drums.

As there are limited spaces on the drumming workshops, booking is advised by calling the centre on (01674) 676 336.