There’s been plenty going on here at Montrose Basin over the past week!
We started out on Monday, with our Balsam BBQ. Our volunteers spent a few hours out on the reserve removing non native Himalayan Balsam from the reserve, followed by some delicious food. The turnout was good, and we are absolutely delighted by the amount of progress which was made. A big thank you goes to everyone who helped us out!
While we’ve been busy, so has the wildlife! To go alongside the Moorhen chicks which have inhabited the Saltpans for the past few weeks, we have now had sightings of Shelduck chicks and Eider duck chicks. First seen on Sunday and Friday respectively, we can’t wait to watch front and centre as these ducklings transform into independent adults in their own right. We invite you all to join us during what will be a very exciting time, to see the development of these waders, along with migrants such as Sand Martin, Swallows and Terns, which are finally nesting and showing intent to breed.
So, what’s next for June? On Monday 8th, we are hosting a member of the Highland Pony Society for a talk on how our ponies, Inga and Blossom, contribute towards the conservation of the reserve. Then, on Saturday 27th, it’s our Visitor Centre’s 20th Birthday, and to celebrate, admission is free all day! Join us and discover firsthand what makes Montrose Basin so special. Also, children’s activities will run throughout the afternoon, meaning this anniversary is one you won’t want to miss.
David Murray – Visitor Centre Assistant