Biodiversity at Lunan Bay​

Lunan Bay is lucky to host the Angus & Dundee Bird Club (ADBC), who have a hide near Redcastle and come with a wealth of expertise on the wildlife reside and visit the Bay.

ADBC and other wildlife organisations collaborate with the LBCP and our Rangers sharing information on sightings and behaviour, raising awareness and recording wildlife data.

The car park at Lunan usually is home to various Warblers and Finches, and in winter Greenfinches can be found feeding on the rosehips in massive abundance. Great-spotted Woodpeckers have been known to feed in the woodland just opposite the car park.





Lunan Bay Supports Many Species especially birds

Some native mammals such as Otters, Badgers, Roe deer, Stoats, Bats and Foxes are regularly sighted throughout Lunan, twilight hours being the best time to spot them. 

Brown Trout, Salmon and Sea Trout can be seen leaping from the water. The mouth of the river is an important roost for birds, typically Terns and Gulls. Bottlenose dolphins are spotted regularly from the beach and an occasional harbour porpoise too. Grey and Common/Harbour Seals fish in the shallows and curiously watch visitors on the beach.

At Lunan Bay there tends to be vast numbers of seabirds resting and preening on the shore, therefore it is recommended that dogs are kept under close control near large flocks of resting birds, especially through the Summer and into late Autumn when migratory birds rely upon their rest to build enough strength to complete their journey.
Most birdlife can been seen from the beach and inshore. Patrolling the shoreline Ringed Plovers, Sanderlings and Oystercatchers can be seen frantically running up and down in search for prey. 
The sea supports many birds including Gannets, Terns (Common, Arctic, Roseate and Sandwich), Red-breasted Mergansers, Long-tailed Ducks, Geese (Barnacle, Pink-footed and Greylag), Scoter (Black, Velvet and Surf), Divers (Red-throated, Black-throated), Fulmars, Gulls (Kittiwake, Common, Great Black-backed, Lesser Black-backed, Herring, Mediterranean and Black-headed), Cormorants, Guillemots, Razorbills, Puffin and Shags.
Stand back and watch the Gulls, Terns and Auks dive for the Dabs, Turbot, Sand Eels and Flounder within metres of the shoreline.
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The UK’s smallest species of butterfly can be found at Lunan


The coastal grasses and flowers attract many species of Butterflies, Moths and Bees too

The coastal grasses and flowers attract many species of Butterflies, Moths and Bees. 

The UK’s smallest species of butterfly, the Small Blue, is completely reliant upon the presence of their sole foodplant Kidney Vetch and is one of the target species here at Lunan for the Rangers with more habitat being created. The Common Blue also relies on a sole foodplant in Birdsfoot Trefoil, which is also a target species to encourage an increase in population.

Watch where you step as there may be an army of Tiger Moth or Cinnabar Moth caterpillars, Cinnabar Moths help keep our poisonous plant Ragwort at bay and are currently being used as a biological control method in several countries abroad. Toads and Frogs spawn in the various ponds of the area. Hunting above the dunes and nesting in the woodland areas are some amazing birds of prey, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Buzzards.

Small Blue Butterfly (Photo: Angus & Dundee Bird Club)



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The Ranger Project day-to-day management is provided by the voluntary contribution of the LBCP Board of Trustees

The initial Ranger project was funded by NatureScot’s Better Places Green Recovery Grant, applied for and awarded to the LBCP which allowed us to offer the Ranger Service from 1 July to 31 Oct 2021, in collaboration with Angus Council. The Ranger Project day-to-day management is provided by the voluntary contribution of the LBCP Board of Trustees. Much of the infrastructure was donated by LBCP members. The LBCP have applied for several grants to support a long term Ranger Service at Lunan Bay, and our ambition is to roll this community-led Ranger Service across Angus and throughout Scotland. If you would like to support us, we can also accept donations.

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With the Global UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, which is held in Glasgow, our priority is to continue educating children in Angus about the importance of nature through our Community Ranger-led Junior Ranger Club at Lunan Bay.

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