Montrose Basin is a beautiful place anytime of year, but particularly in October, when thousands of pink-footed geese arrive from the Arctic.
Montrose Basin is a large tidal lagoon and nature reserve, just beside the Angus town of the same name, which plays host to large numbers of wildfowl, waders and up to 60,000 migrating geese each year.
This week, a hardy group of volunteers at the Scottish Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre have got up early to carry out a count of 46,769 pink-footed geese. This number is expected to grow again this month as more geese arrive.
You can visit the four hides on the reserve to see this great spectacle for yourself. Stop in at the 4-star visitor centre where staff will be happy to point out where the geese are and how best to identify them.
There is also a chance to take part in a special event, the People’s Postcode Lottery Goose Breakfasts – although booking is essential. This takes place on Sunday 27 October from 6.30am – 9.30am and lets you get up close to the geese before their dawn flights, before heading back to the visitor centre for breakfast and a Q&A session with the rangers. Tickets are £8 for adults and £4 for children – call 01674 676336 to book.
This year will also see Montrose Basin host a special Year of Natural Scotland pink sunset event, when you can join a ranger to watch the sunset from an unusual perspective. Watch the geese return to roost on the basin before enjoying hot soup and a roll back at the centre. This Year of Natural Scotland event takes place on Sunday 3 November from 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Contact the centre for more information and to book by telephone.