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Dundee City

Osprey Pandion haliaetus ©Mark Caunt Website

Dundee (officially the City of Dundee) is Scotland's fourth largest city and the 51st most populous built-up area in the United Kingdom. The mid-year population estimate for 2015 was 148,210. At the 2011 census, Dundee had a population density of 6,444/sq mi (2,488/km2), the second highest of any Scottish city. It lies within the eastern central Lowlands on the north bank of the Firth of Tay, which feeds into the North Sea. It forms one of the 32 council areas used for local government in Scotland.

Dundee sits on the north bank of the Firth of Tay on the eastern, North Sea Coast of Scotland. The city lies 58 km NNE of Edinburgh. The built-up area occupies a roughly rectangular shape 8.3 miles (13 km) long by 2.5 miles (4 km) wide, aligned in an east to west direction and occupies an area of 60 km2. The town is bisected by a line of hills stretching from Balgay Hill in the west end of the city, through the Dundee Law, which occupies the centre of the built up area, to Gallow Hill, between Baxter Park and the Eastern Cemetery. North of this ridge lies a valley through which cuts the Dighty Water burn. North of the Dighty valley lie the Sidlaw Hills, the most prominent hill being Craigowl Hill. The western and eastern boundaries of the city are marked by two burns that are tributaries of the River Tay. On the western-most boundary of the city, the Lochee burn meets the Fowlis burn, forming the Invergowrie burn, which meets the Tay at Invergowrie basin. The Dighty Water enters Dundee from the village of Strathmartine and marks the boundaries of a number of northern districts of the city, joining the Tay between Barnhill and Monifieth. The Scouring burn in the west end of the city and Dens Burn in the east, both of which played important roles in the industrial development of the city, have now been culverted over. The land surrounding Dundee, particularly that in the lower lying areas to the west and east of the city, bears high quality soil that is particularly suitable for arable farming.

County Recorder

Jon Cook

76 Torridon Road, Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 3JH

01382 738495


Useful Reading

Angus & Dundee Bird Report

the Scottish Ornithologists Club and see: http://angusbirding.homestead.com/ADBC.html

Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

Mike Madders and Julia Welstead - 297 pages, b/w illus, maps - Christopher Helm

ISBN: 071365693X

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Forums & Mailing Lists

Angus Grapevine

Mailing List

The aim of the forum is to provide current information (and be a referral for past records) of Birds, Mammals and Cetaceans in the Angus and Eastern Scotland area. This is done via a forum open to public, where sightings can be posted and viewed freely. Sightings are obviously not guaranteed but filtered as best as possible and news regarding sensitive species may be edited if need be…

Trip Reports


Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.


Angus & Dundee Bird Club


Angus and Dundee Bird Club was founded in 1997 and we now have almost 200 members; we have an active Birders Grapevine for our members, a Sea Watching Hide at Lunan bay Angus, Field outings programme and Indoor meetings programme.

RSPB - Dundee Local Group


We are a small friendly group with a memebership of about 100, who enjoy watching birds and support conservation work in the local community. The group aims to encourage interest in the abundant birdlife of the area and to support, financially and otherwise, our local RSPB reserve at Loch of Kinnordy. A Sunday outing is arranged most months and there are occasional evening outings during in the summer. Indoor meetings are held six times a year on Wednesday evenings during September, October, November, January, February and March. There is also a AGM in April and a Xmas social in December. Contact Graham Smith 01382 532461 grahamnjen@hotmail.com

Scottish Wildlife - Angus & Dundee Members Centre


The purpose of these pages is to keep our members informed of what is happening in the Members Centre and at the same time to tell everyone about wildlife in our part of Scotland…


The Miley


Satellite View

The Miley is part of a disused railway within walking distance of Dundee city centre. It was originally an impassable, mile-long rubbish tip, but now supports grassland, tall-herb communities, scrub and trees, making it a haven for birds, mammals and insects. The path offers a relaxing stroll, particularly in the summer when the reserve resonates with birdsong and the wildflowers are alive with butterflies.