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St Cyrus National Nature Reserve (NNR)is split into 2, the base of the cliff walk from the beach car park to the base of the cliff at the village, you can find steps taking you up to the village. This part of the walk is situated between the village of St Cyrus and the North Sea. The Reserve comprises 92 hectares (230 acres) of coastal habitat in the northern third of Montrose Bay and is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The cliffs and dunes provide a nationally important habitat for flowering plants and insects, many of which grow at their northern limit in Britain. The reserve is one of the most important botanical sites on the north-east coast of Scotland, supporting over 300 plant species. St Cyrus NNR is also one of the best-known bird sites in Angus and Kincardine, with over 70 different species of bird being recorded there. These include waders such as Redshank, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper and Curlew. The cliffs also provide a home for Buzzard, Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon. Furthermore, the prevalence of gorse shrub provides a nesting place for such small perching birds as Whitethroat, Stonechat and Yellowhammer. There are plenty of places on the path to sit and enjoy the birds. With the abundance of wildflowers, St Cyrus NNR is also an important site for butterflies, moths and grasshoppers. One species of particular note is the Small blue butterfly, a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species at its northern habitat limit. There have also been over 200 species of moth recorded on the reserve. St Cyrus NNR is also part of the St Cyrus and Kinnaber Links Site of Special Scientific Interest
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