Back to nature with Angus Heritage

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During Angus Heritage Week, which runs from September 7 to 14, several events will highlight the natural heritage of Angus.

One of the first events will be a day studying the garden and landscape heritage of Angus on September 8, starting at Enterprise Business Centre, Brechin.

This event, which costs £10 and includes a buffet lunch and tea/coffee, starts at 10am with presentations by Marilyn Brown of the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland, landscape architect Vanessa Stephens and members of the Angus Landscape Survey Group about how to ‘read’ the stories gardens and landscapes can tell us.

After lunch, the location switches to a nearby private garden and then the gardens at House of Dun, where several of the themes discussed in the morning will be in evidence.

On Sunday, September 9, the Countryside Ranger will lead a free guided walk around Forfar Loch and, as well as identifying wildlife, will describe how this stretch of land has changed over the centuries.On the same day, a family guided walk at Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre will provide lots of opportunities to spot the wildlife who live there or like to pop in for something to eat, including mute swans, oyster catchers and the occasional bird of prey (usual entrance fees apply).

There’s a chance to explore and learn about the history of one of the most beautiful, tranquil glens in Angus on Wednesday, September 12, with a guided walk into the wilderness of Glen Doll. As part of this three hour walk, participants will walk along a stretch of Jock’s Road, following in the footsteps of the caterans, the cattle rustlers who used the ancient drovers’ roads to lead the cattle they’d stolen to pastures new.

This free guided walk begins at the Glen Doll Ranger Base at 1pm – stout shoes and warm clothing required. On September 14, there’s a two-hour guided walk with the Countryside Ranger around the Victorian Reservoir at Crombie Park (free but car parking charges apply). That evening, as darkness falls, the Ranger at Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre will reveal how night-time wildlife surveys are undertaken (adults £3, children £2, members free).

“We’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of Scotland, which is rich in wildlife of all shapes and sizes,” said Councillor Mairi Evans, Angus Council tourism spokesperson.

“Angus Heritage Week will provide a range of opportunities for people who live locally to explore the natural heritage that’s on their doorstep. It will encourage people from outwith the Angus area to spend time here so they can experience at first-hand the wonderful, unspoilt Angus countryside, the fabulous landscape - which goes from high mountains to wave-lashed shores - and its wealth of wildlife, birds, flora and fauna.”

Pick up a copy of the programme from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions or download from www.angusheritage.com or visit www.angusheritage.com