Montrose Basin

Site overview: 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.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Protection Area
MPA Purpose
areas of the most important habitat for rare (listed on Annex I to the Directive) and migratory birds within the European Union


56° 42' 48" North,
2° 30' 26" West

Surface Area

9.82 km2
(3.79 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins)
  • Salt marshes, Salt pastures, Salt steppes


  • Greylag goose (Anser anser [Iceland/UK/Ireland]) (Regularly occurring migratory species)


  • Waterfowl assemblage


  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Red knot (Calidris canutus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)