Summer of free fun in St Cyrus

There are plenty of free events at St Cyrus Natural Nature Reserve this summer
There are plenty of free events at St Cyrus Natural Nature Reserve this summer

Plenty of free events are heating up at St Cyrus National Nature Reserve this summer.

Theresa Alampo, St Cyrus reserve manager, said: “We have a summer full of great events at St Cyrus – and they’re all free!

“So we hope to see lots of people out enjoying the beauty of the reserve, learning more about wildlife, and just having fun at our events. There’s something for every taste.”

The reserve’s big family event - the St Cyrus Fun Day - takes place on Sunday (July 20) from 12 to 4 p.m and there will be face-painting, an art workshop and crafts, including turning rubbish into amazing creatures, games, a tea and cake stall and a Whale and Dolphin Conservation stand.

On Friday (July 18) from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. there is a Whale and Dolphin Conservation talk and a screening of the critically acclaimed film ‘Black Fish’. Booking is required.

There is a shore-watch training event on Saturday (July 19) from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. where you can learn how to carry out year-round, 10-minute whale and dolphin watches from land with Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Booking is essential.

There is an edible plant walk and tasting session on Tuesday (July 22) from 2 to 4 p.m where you can learn about the wildflowers that make the reserve so special. Booking is required for this event.

The Feis Rois National Ceilidh Orchestra pays a return visit on July 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.

On August 3 between 12 noon and 4 p.m. you can create a mythical sand sculptures with Angus Arts. No booking is required but garden spades and buckets are advised.

Join local experts on August 16 between 8 and 10 p.m. to discover the variety of butterflies and moths the reserve has, and listen out for night hunters, including owls and bats with a bat detector. Booking required.

On August 21 between 1 and 4 p.m. learn how to take fantastic close-up photos of plants and bugs around the reserve with local photographer, Frank Brooks.

A photographic competition will be launched on the same day as well and booking is required.

For more information or to book spaces, call the reserve office on 01674 830736.