Montrose Basin SPA
This site is located on the east coast of Scotland in Angus. It is an enclosed tidal basin fed by the River South Esk. This site is made up of mud-flats and marshes, as well as the interestingly named Dun’s Dish, a small eutrophic loch. This is a loch which is so rich in nutrients that the plants that grow here grow and decompose to such a degree that animals cannot live here, because of a lack of oxygen. There is a large population of wintering waterbirds here, including the Iceland/Greenland pink-footed goose and Icelandic greylag goose, along with ducks and waders.
MPA TypeSpecial Protection Area
Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are strictly protected sites designated uner European legislation. They are established to protect rare and vulnerable birds and for regularly occurring migratory species.
Designation date1 February 1995
Surface Area9.82 km2 (3.79 mi.2)
Perimeter20.29 km (12.61 mi.)
Greylag goose (Anser anser )
The largest of the wild gesse in the UK, the greylag is the ancestor of most domestic geese. The native birds and wintering flocks found in Scotland retain the special appeal of truly wild geese.
Important areas where a number of waterfowl species occur in significant numbers.
Common redshank (Tringa totanus)
As this bird’s name suggests, its’ most distinctive features are its’ bright orange-red legs.
Pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)
A medium-sized goose that winters in the UK. Numbers are increasing in England, probably because of better protection at winter roosts.
Red knot (Calidris canutus)
A dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird that depends on the rich source of worms and shellfish in estuaries. Large numbers come to the UK in the winter.
Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
A familiar, stocky, black and white wading bird that mostly depends on mussels and cockles.
Did you know?…
Over half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’
An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed