Montrose Basin Heritage Society (MBHS) was formed in 1999 to promote the study and understanding of the natural and historical development of the Montrose Basin area. Montrose Basin is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and a RAMSAR (internationally important wetland site).
Montrose lies at the eastern end of the South Esk River where it flows into the North Sea. Once a broad estuary, the access to the sea has been partly reduced by a spit of land laid down from the northern side of the river. Montrose town now lies on this spit, with its medieval core located on the highest point.
The MBHS area of study is the parishes adjacent to the Basin – Montrose itself, Dun, Maryton and Craig, but the nature of the study and its location adjacent to Montrose – an international port for over one thousand years – means information may be available on a much greater area – with links to many areas around the world.