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Basin Notes

The staff and volunteers at the Montrose Basin Visitor Centre took it in turns to write a small article in the local weekly paper - The Montrose Review. It was called Basin Notes and covered a variety of topics to do with the Basin and it's wildlife. This column was published fortnightly from April 1997 - February 2014 and here are some of those articles:

Food a'plentyOsprey gives impressive display
How are things at the Basin?Duckling creches are in evidence
Time for Young BirdsInsects are the answer
Invasive Aliens taking over at Montrose Basin!Period of great change at Montrose Basin
Bee AwareWhat the eye doesn't see ...
Tough TimesChallenging time despite weather!
Lazy BirdsSuccessful migrant flexible in its feeding
Birds Gentle on the EarProblems facing birds during winter
Early BirdsThe Geese and Ducks are Here
Reserve MaintenanceSize Matters!
Redshank DilemmaPink-footed geese arrive to mark start of autumn
Geese GaloreMoth beauties
Gathering and DepartingG8 does not bode well for agriculture
Summer DelightsFingers crossed for heat
Flower PowerPlans made for grassy sward
Basin Birds and weatherBritain's precious wetlands
Watch out for WildlifeThe Angus Coastline
Questions, QuestionsThe more you look ...
Waders awashStimulating Interest in our local history
The wonder of bird migrationA Winter Walk
Birds and BurnsWhat is your favourite bird?
The State of Basin BirdsJoin geese for breakfast
What time do the geese have breakfast?Long flight lies ahead for birds
Swans a'plentyOwl pellet findings sought by the BTO
Autumn BountyNew look Wildlife Centre has lots to offer
Migration BeginsThe history of the Basin
Tayock - an overlooked corner of the ReserveBirds at Dawn
Warm weather brings out the wildlifeHome for Summer
First summer migrants appear at MontroseRaincoats at the ready ? I wish!
Harbingers of SpringFlocking to Basin
Winter WildlifeRound-up of 2003 rarities
Cold Weather BitesRead All About It
Seasonal BerriesAutumn Arrivals
Winter wondersTracking the Changes
More Geese than ever before!Birds and Butterflies
Autumnal Berry BountyFeather Care
Wildlife BountySand Martins
Migrants ArriveMay Springs Forth
How to Watch WildlifeEaster delights
Well versed in country loreHarbingers of Spring
Song of SpringSome Like it Wet
Shoreline FindWildfowling and Conservation
What's in a NameGeese are not filling the sky!
Variety is spice of life at BasinAutumnal Changes
Don't forget water in winter!Gem on our Doorstep
Life of the RagwormGarden Bird Survey
Song of the BasinBasin Life Flourishes During the Summer
In the PinkVigorous but unseen
Turning of the seasonsReturn of Basin Birds
Global ChangesSigns that Spring is on the Way
Newly fledged birds take to the waters of the BasinTouch and Go
Nesting time at wildlife centreRare Visitors
The Tangled WebPinkfoot Travellers
Spring on the wayIt's all in the Diet
Reaction to spring-like weatherMother Nature's signs of autumn
Recording What You SeeDo Your Own Bird Survey
Migrating birds continue to arriveComical Sights at a Changing Basin
The Waxwings have arrivedAutumn is Coming
A safe haven for swansEffects of Foot and Mouth Disease
An Ordinary Day at the BasinEider Checks
Autumn is just around the cornerSpring is Sprung
Young birds spotted around the ReserveA Touch of Frost
Yellow gorse and broomBirds on the Move
The natural world is on the move despite the weatherSpotlight on the Education Service
Spring is ComingNature Avoids the hustle and bustle
Around the BasinPicture of the Basin
Flocks of BirdsMan and Nature
Helps clear the cobwebsPearls are Valuable to Fish
Seasonal Climate ChangeBirds Moulting
Pink footed geese are a no-show5th Birthday Celebration
Guesstimating GeeseFighting for Survival
An exciting sighting on the reserveAll Change!
Wildlife Photography - start with flowersEstuaries and Food
Growing up in the Basin has trials and tribulationsFarming and Conservation
Old Mill car park - One of nature's secret havensYear 2000 Service?
Montrose - Migration HotspotWater and Mud
Blooms keep their own pollen outWinter visitors
Trends in the bird populationBird Counts
A Winter Bird GardenThe 12 Birds of Christmas
Falcons pick their moments to swoopMigration
2006 remembered for bird flu scareGulls
Joined-up ThinkingThe Tides and Seasons
Flights of fancyComputers and Bird Watching
Greylag GeeseBirdwatchers as Collectors
Brambles are not really berries at allHow Long Do Birds Live?