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Welcome to Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society. The Society is based at Montrose Museum and was formed in 1836, making it the second oldest Antiquarian Society in Scotland. It provides a focal point for those interested in the local history, archaeology, and the natural world of Montrose and the surrounding area. The main activity for the Society centres around a series of talks that take place on the second Tuesday of every month between September and April. These talks are open to all, not just to our members. To see the full programme of talks for the season, please click on the right. We are happy to welcome our sister organisation - Montrose Basin Heritage Society - to our website. Details can be found on the main menu.


Membership is open to anyone, the annual subscription being £12.00 which entitles the member free entry to the monthly meetings. Meetings are held in Montrose Museum at 7:30 pm. Visitors are welcome at £3.00 per meeting. School age children are admitted free. Please contact us if you wish to find out more about joining.


There has been a slight change to the presentation for January 2015 published in the programme. Instead of the presentation by Robert Harris of the University of St Andrews, Dr Catriona Harris will give a talk on human impacts on marine mammals. The presentation will take place in Montrose Museum at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 13 January 2015.

In describing what her presentation will cover, Dr Harris said that "Many human activities in the marine environment are perceived to have a negative impact on marine fauna. For many species and geographical areas, we are poorly equipped to measure and quantify any consequences of the activities. We need to know something about the status of populations and whether they are increasing or decreasing in number. I will discuss the factors to consider when monitoring marine mammal populations and will then focus on the harbour seal population on the east coast of Scotland as an example of a population in drastic decline. Alongside monitoring population size we can also monitor a number of other indicators of population health, for example diet, habitat/resource usage and strandings, and I will discuss how such indicators are being used to piece together a picture of the pressures and threats facing Scottish harbour seals."

Dr Catriona Harris is a quantitative ecologist in the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) at the University of St Andrews. Over the last 10 years she has been involved in a number of large projects relating to the impact of anthropogenic activities on marine mammals and the development of statistical methods for marine mammal detection and density estimation.

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