Family fun day at St Cyrus reserve

St Cyrus NNR. Grampian Area. �Lorne Gill/SNH
St Cyrus NNR. Grampian Area. �Lorne Gill/SNH

Poetry, a time capsule, wildlife art, storytelling and face painting are all part of the mix at St Cyrus Fun Day this Sunday, July 14.

The Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) event takes place at St Cyrus national nature reserve from 12 noon to 4pm.

There will be plenty of games, activities, as well as a wildlife art workshop, a storyteller and a face painter, all helping to celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland.

A special moment will take place at 2pm. A poetry contest was launched at last year’s 50th anniversary celebrations of the nature reserve.

On Fun Day, Sir Fred Holliday will reveal the winning poem, which has been carved into a stone monolith along with four images exemplifying St Cyrus.

Last year, SNH also asked local children and schools to suggest what to put into a time capsule.

On Sunday, the public will have a chance to see what has been chosen before the items are placed in the capsule.

The time capsule will then be buried next to the monolith and dug up in another 50 years.

Therese Alampo, SNH reserve manager, said: “This is a special day for St Cyrus, with so many children and those in the community showing us what St Cyrus means to them through the poetry and time capsule projects.

“The kids at St Cyrus primary and nursery have come up with some wonderful and poignant items to place in the capsule.

“So I hope plenty of people will come along to see it all revealed!”

St Cyrus reserve is one of the most picturesque sections of coastline in north-east Scotland.

It boasts the magnificent sandy sweep of Montrose Bay, towering volcanic cliffs, yellow dunes, and a spectacular wildflower meadow that supports a number of rare plants and insects.

St Cyrus is one of about 50 NNRs in Scotland. For more information, see