Wildlife spectacle to send shivers down your spine

Pink footed geese taking off from Montrose Basin.

Pink footed geese taking off from Montrose Basin.

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STAFF at the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre are preparing for flocks of visitors for this year’s ‘Goose Breakfasts’.

The popular annual events are held every autumn to celebrate the return of thousands of pink footed geese to the nature reserve. Beginning at the centre at dawn, reserve rangers and volunteers accompany visitors to the best locations to watch the dramatic sight of the birds taking off at their winter home.

A breakfast of porridge and toast is served afterwards at the visitor centre, followed by an optional presentation by the ranger.

Due to the success of previous events there will be three breakfasts this year beginning this Sunday, October 9 and on October 16 and 23 from 6.30 to 9.30am.

Centre manager Caroline Hendry said: “This is truly one of the most exciting wildlife spectacles to be witnessed in Scotland.

“To watch the take off of over 65,000 pink-footed geese at dawn against a pink sunrise really is a memorable sight.

“The noise they make as they take off from the Montrose Basin sends shivers down your spine.”

Booking is essential and the cost is £8 per person.

Warm clothing and stout outdoor shoes or boots are also necessary and a telescope or binoculars is recommended.

Bookings can be made on Montrose 676336 or by e-mailing montrosebasin@swt.org.uk.