Nature Reserve

About Murton Nature Reserve

A visit to our Nature Reserve is a must. Whatever the season, you can enjoy a stroll or a brisk walk around our delightful lochs and wetlands. Entrance to the Reserve is free.

Our well maintained network of paths provides walks that everyone can enjoy and there are plenty of benches if you want to have a rest, or just to sit and contemplate the sheer beauty and tranquillity of the place.

Our lochs and wetlands are home to over 130 varieties of birds and wildfowl, including many protected species such as the Little Ringed Plover. Many other species pass through the Reserve. There are three hides from where you can watch our resident and visiting birds, so be sure to bring your binoculars.

We are proud to have been pioneers in the design of nesting facilities for sand martins and it is always a special time for us in April when these lovely birds arrive back at the Reserve from their winter travels. Be sure to take time to watch them darting around in the sky above the sand martin area.

During the summer months you will find a riot of wildflowers throughout the Reserve, including an extensive wildflower meadow which we planted in 2003.

As you can imagine, with so many flowers, numerous bumble bees and butterflies are also among our visitors together with a fascinating variety of insects for you to find.

As the seasons change there is always something new to see at Murton Nature Reserve. Many school children come here to learn about the seasons and maybe it is a place for you to really feel in tune with nature’s changes.

For more photographs of our site be sure to look through our gallery.

To see a map of our nature reserve,  Click here

Here’s just a few of the birds and wildfowl to look out for:

  • Shell Duck
  • Tufted Duck
  • Goldeneye
  • Greater Spotted Woodpecker
  • Teal
  • Greenfinch
  • Lapwing
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Snipe
  • Red Shank
  • Little Grebe
  • Gadwall
  • Sand Martins

Some of the wildflower species:

  • Lustered Bellflower
  • Maiden Pink
  • Lady’s Bedstraw
  • Cornflower
  • Viper’s Bugloss
  • Heath Spotted Orchid

Please note that due to the fact that we have animals and wildlife on site, no dogs are permitted on Murton Trust grounds at any time, except for assistance dogs. Thank you for your understanding.

The Tipi at Murton

The tipi at Murton is the perfect base to explore our nature reserve. The tipi can be hired by groups, schools or individuals. For more information please download our Tipi Leaflet or contact the office.



Rucksack Ramble

Are you planning a family day outdoors. Why not hire a rucksack filled with items to inspire the whole family to learn and enjoy their day out. The bag includes binoculars, paper, crayons, wildlife guides, magnifying glass, map of the site, a rug and more. Bags must be booked in advance. For more information download our Rucksack Ramble leaflet or contact our office.

Where to Find Us

Murton is located on the A932 about 2.5 miles east of Forfar on the road to Arbroath.

Opening Times

We are open 5 days a week, Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Last farm admission is 3.30pm.

Our car park is open from 9am to 4.30pm.

Contact Us

For general enquiries regarding the work of the trust, the farm or the nature reserve please contact our office on – 01307 819491.  If there is no answer please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

For enquiries regarding our Tea Room please phone direct on 01307 466041.

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Address – Murton Trust, Murton Steading, Arbroath Road, Forfar, DD8 2RZ

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