Summer of free fun heating up at St Cyrus

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

Plenty of free events, including an edible plant walk and film screening, are heating up at St Cyrus National Nature Reserve this summer.

The reserve’s big family event - the St Cyrus Fun Day - takes place this Sunday (July 20) from noon until 4 pm 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.

Tomorrow (Friday), from 7.30 to 9.30pm, there will be a Whale and Dolphin Conservation talk and a screening of the critically-acclaimed film ‘Black Fish’. Booking is required.

There will be a shore-watch training event on Saturday, July 19, from 10am to 3.30pm 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 will be an edible plant walk and tasting session next Tuesday, July 22, from 2 to 4 pm 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 will pay a return visit on July 31 from 1 to 4pm.

On August 3, between noon and 4pm, you can create a mythical sand sculpture with Angus Arts. No booking is required but garden spades and buckets are advised.

Join local experts on August 16, between 8 and 10 pm, 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 4pm, 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.

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

“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.”

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