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Press Release   •   Dec 06, 2013 00:00 GMT

Our feathered friends will benefit from two drop-in events being held at VisitScotland Information Centres (VICs) in Angus this month.

Christmas may see us humans overindulging in the food department, however it can be a lean time for birds, with sufficient food hard to come by. So to help them, people are invited to go along to the VICs, where local ornithologist Ken Slater will tell them about the birds that visit gardens at this time of year and the types of food that benefit birds and those that do not.

There will be an opportunity for people to make their own bird feeder and Christmas decorations…with a difference.

These outreach events are free and visitors and local residents alike are encouraged to drop in and learn more about our bird friends and Ken will be available to answer any questions.

They take place on the following dates and times:

  • Arbroath VIC, 11am-1pm on Saturday, December 14.
  • Brechin VIC, 11am-1pm on Saturday, December 21.

Fiona Bray, Visitor Services Team Leader at Arbroath VIC, said:

“2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland and this event offers a great opportunity for people to learn more about our feathered friends and how we can help them out at this time of the year. I’d encourage anyone interested to come along - we are really looking forward to welcoming locals and visitors to these events.”

If you would like to attend the event, or request further information about our outreach, please call (01356) 623550 or email:


For further information contact:


Kim Walton

Corporate Press Officer - North

Tel: 01224 269187

Mob: 07805 802508



Lorna MacLennan

Corporate Press Officer - North

Tel: 01463 252432

Mob: 07785 515469


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