Montrose Basin

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: A4iii, B1i, B2, C3, C4 (2007)
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Area: 981 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 very unfavourable medium medium
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Site description (2007 baseline)
The Montrose basin is about 3 km across, almost circular in shape, and forms the estuary of the South Esk River. Duns Dish, a lowland loch about 4 km north-west of Montrose basin, is also included within the IBA. The site supports large numbers of wintering wildfowl and waders, and for breeding and summer moulting assemblages of Somateria mollissima.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Montrose Basin. Downloaded from on 22/02/2024.