Dundee City

Osprey Pandion haliaetus ©Mark Caunt Website
Birding the City of Dundee

The City of Dundee is Scotland’s fourth largest city and the 51st most populous built-up area in the United Kingdom. It has a population of around 150,000 people at a density of nearly 6,500 per square mile; 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 long by 2.5 miles 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
Useful Reading

  • Angus & Dundee Bird Report

    Copies of the Report are available from SOC Headquarters or directly from the County Recorder, Jon Cook, 76 Torridon Road, Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 3JH, phone 01382 738495, email 1301midget@tiscali.co.uk | ISBN: Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Birding Guide to North-East Scotland

    | (Including Part of the Cairngorms National Park) | by Mark Sullivan & Ian Francis | Aberdeen and District RSPB Group | 2015 | Paperback | 130 pages, colour photos, colour maps | ISBN: 9780956112675 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

    | By Mike Madders & Julia Welstead | Christopher Helm | | Paperback | 297 pages, b/w illustrations, maps | ISBN: 9780713656930 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • 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.
  • Dundee Naturalists Society

    Open to anyone interested in Natural Science - from birds to insects via plants and geology. The summer excursion programme runs from April to September, while winter illustrated talks run from October to March.
  • 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
  • SOC Tayside

    We meet at Methodist Church Halls, 20 Marketgait, Dundee, DD1 1QR - Contact Brian Brocklehurst 01382 778348 - mailto:brian.brocklehurst1@btinternet.com
  • SWT Angus & Dundee Group

    This is the website for the Scottish Wildlife Trust in the county of Angus and the City of Dundee. The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a membership organisation and this Group acts as the focus for Angus and Dundee members who want to participate in conservation, fund-raising, site visits or just attend local wildlife events.

Abbreviations Key

  • LNR Broughty Ferry

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    Bank voles live among the long grass and are often seen crossing the paths or areas of short grass. Look and listen out for toads, tawny owls and various songbirds. Roe deer can sometimes be spotted hiding among the undergrowth.
  • LNR Riverside Nature Park

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    Riverside Nature Park has been created from Dundee's old landfill site with trees and wildflowers planted to form new wildlife habitats. The paths to the south of the Nature Park are ideal for watching wading birds feeding on the mud flats at low tide or roosting in Invergowrie Bay at high tide. Inside the park, ducks and waders can often be seen at the pool. Over 130 species of birds have been seen on or near the Park.
  • LNR Trottick Mill Ponds

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    The wildlife to be found here may surprise you. There are a variety of birds that make the reserve and surrounding areas their home, including a resident pair of swans, a heron, dippers and lots of other familiar garden favourites.
  • SWT The Miley

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    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.
Forums & Mailing Lists
  • Angus Grapevine

    Mailing Group
    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.
  • angus birdnews

    Twitter Website
    Post Angus bird news here - all reports unverified. THE twitter page for the serious Angus birdspotter
  • Barry Farquharson - Stonefaction Birding


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