Fresh attraction for new season at centre

The new bug hotel at Montrose Basin.
The new bug hotel at Montrose Basin.

A NEW information panel at the Montrose Basin Visitor Centre is set to help local children learn more about the bugs and beasties found around the reserve, thanks to funding from Angus Council.

Designed to be appealing and easy for children to use, the new panel outside the centre will support the education programme run by the centre’s resident teacher naturalist and will become a key resource for ‘Bugs and Beasties’ events activities which are planned to take place during the summer holidays.

Centre manager Caroline Hendry said: “Next to the panel visitors can view the insect habitat, or ‘bug mansion’ as we like to call it, which was made by local school children and volunteers from recycled materials. It’s so easy to construct and can be made by people in their own gardens to help provide a safe environment for insects.”

The centre is currently preparing for a busy summer season which starts, with seven-day opening, from March 1. A full programme of events will run throughout the year including guided walks, children’s activities and wader ID courses.