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Montrose Basin Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve

Montrose Basin, Rossie Braes, Montrose, Angus, DD10 9TA

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Summary

  • For information about the opening hours please click here.
  • Amenities at this site include: a reception, exhibition rooms, parkland and a shop.
  • There is onsite parking available here with designated Blue Badge parking.
  • The most accessible entrance has manual doors, steps and a slight ramp/slope.
  • There are 2 step-free entrances.
  • This does include the main entrance.
  • The entrance surveyed is the main entrance at the front of the building.
  • The building has 2 floors once inside.
  • There is step free access once inside with lift access to other floors.
  • There is stepped or platform lift access to the basement level education room.
  • There is ramped access to the basement level education room externally.
  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • This venue also has the following available: audio format information, a safe or quiet space, a companion/carer discount and maps.
  • The sensory pack includes: binoculars, soft toy and torch. For more information about reserving a pack, and any charges, please contact the venue before your visit.
  • The following mobility aids are available to borrow: a wheelchair. For more information on any hire fees or booking requirements, please contact the venue.
  • Toilet and changing facilities available include: an accessible toilet for the use of everyone.
  • There is/are 1 toilet(s) designated as accessible.
  • The accessible toilet surveyed can be found to the left as you enter.
  • This accessible toilet surveyed is approximately 10m from the entrance.
  • The standard toilets can be found on the ground floor.
  • The standard toilets surveyed can be found to the left as you enter.

Parking

  • This venue has a car park.
  • This is an open air car park with a tarmac surface.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • There are 2 Blue Badge parking bays.
  • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 265cm x 480cm.
  • There is no hatched zone.
  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 70m from the main entrance.
  • Obstacles from the Blue Badge bays to the entrance include: slopes/ramps and dropped kerbs.
  • There is not a designated drop-off point.

Parking (Tayock Hide Public Car Park)

  • This venue does not have a car park.
  • Nearby parking includes: an open air public car park.
  • This is a public car park located off Brechin Road, near St Christopher Caravan Park.
    There is a 175cm height restriction barrier to the car park.

Public Transport

  • There is a bus stop within approximately 150m of the venue.
  • There are bus stops on the A92 near the entrance to the car park.
    There are also bus stops on Brechin Road, near the public car park for the Tayock Bird Hide.
  • The nearest train station is Montrose.
  • Montrose Railway Station is approximately 1.5 miles away.
    Montrose Railway Station is approximately 1 mile away from the Tayock Bird Hide public car park entrance.

Entrance (Main Entrance)

  • The entrance surveyed is located at the front of the building.
  • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
  • The ramp has a width between 75cm and 150cm and a slight gradient .
  • The ramp has a handrail which switches between right and left.
  • There are 9 steps.
  • The steps are not clearly marked but there are handrails on both sides.
  • The ramp overcomes the steps.
  • This entrance has an intercom.
  • Positioned at a recommended height: the intercom (between 75cm - 100cm).
  • There are double manual doors (with one door locked) which open towards you.
  • The width of the opening is 76cm.
  • There is not a second set of doors.
  • As an alternative to using the lift, there is also an entrance at the rear of the building to the basement level.
    The rear entrance requires staff to open the side gate, beyond which there is a long steep slope.
    The rear door is 75cm wide.

Reception

  • There is step-free level access to this reception.
  • The height of the reception counter is 75cm.
  • The reception is placed in front of a patterned background, has windows, TVs and glazed screens or mirrors which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
  • There is no (or very little) background noise here.
  • The counter does not have a hearing assistance system.

Getting Around

  • There is step-free access via lift, throughout the majority of the venue.
  • There are high stools, chairs without armrests and bench seats throughout the building.
  • Flooring in the area is not smooth and even.
  • Where the flooring is not smooth or even, it is due to carpet.
  • There is no (or very little) background noise here.
  • The building does not have a hearing assistance system.

Attraction / Exhibit

  • There is step-free level access to and throughout this area.
  • The majority of walkways are 150cm+ wide.
  • There is no (or very little) background noise here.
  • The following may be experienced on the tour: interactive video effects.
  • Exhibit information includes the following formats: touchscreens, information board, pictorial and television/screen.
  • The area does not have a hearing assistance system.
  • There are chairs without armrests and bench seats in this area.
  • Flooring in the area is not smooth and even.
  • Where the flooring is not smooth or even, it is due to carpet.
  • There are 2 designated spaces suitable for wheelchair users with floor to ceiling windows and height adjustable telescopes.

Shop

  • The majority of aisle widths are not 150cm+.
  • Flooring in the shop is not smooth and even.
  • Where the flooring is not smooth or even, it is due to carpet.
  • There is step-free level access to the till(s).
  • The height of the counter is 75cm.
  • The checkout area has windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
  • The till does not have a hearing assistance system.
  • Services/facilities available in the shop include: a portable card machine for payment and a member of staff to provide assistance.
  • There is no (or very little) background noise here.

Lift

  • This lift is a platform lift.
  • A member of staff needs to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, B.
  • Externally the lift has: buttons with a medium colour contrast to the surroundings, controls at a recommended height range (between 90cm - 110cm) and a door with a high colour contrast to the surroundings.
  • The lift door opening width is 87cm.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 90cm x 130cm.
  • Internally the lift has: controls at a recommended height range (between 90cm - 110cm), buttons with a medium colour contrast to the surroundings and Braille markings.
  • Lighting levels are low here.
  • There is a steep ramp with handrails on both sides to access the lift on the basement level.

Stairs

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, B.
  • There are 15+ steps between floors.
  • The steps are clearly marked with handrails on both sides.
  • The stairs are open.
  • This is a spiral staircase and will be narrower in some areas.

Room(s) (Basement Level - Education Room)

  • The room surveyed was the Education Room and is located on the basement level.
  • There is not wayfinding signage on the route to the room(s).
  • The corridor/walkway outside the room(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • Getting Into The Room View
    • The colour contrast between the external door and wall is medium. The colour contrast between the internal door and wall is medium.
    • There is a single manual door which open towards you.
    • The width of the opening is 86cm.
    • There is step-free access into the room(s).
    • There is a ramp with a steep gradient.
    • The ramp has handrails on both sides.
  • Inside The Room View
    • The room has: tables which are accessible to wheelchair users, a mixture of chairs with and without armrests, room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre (150cm x 150cm), long tables and bench seats.
    • There are some tables which are at a recommended height for wheelchair users (between 70cm - 80cm).
    • Some flooring in the area is smooth and even.
    • Where the flooring is not smooth or even, it is due to carpet.
    • Some of the flooring has a very shiny finish, which could cause issues with glare or look slippery.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is high.
    • This room has a projector screen.
    • The area does not have a hearing assistance system.
    • There is a visual fire alarm beacon in the room(s).
    • Light switches are not at a recommended height from floor level at 136cm.
    • There is direct access to the room from the lift or stairs, or via an external entrance to the rear.

Outdoor Spaces (Bank of Scotland Hide)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located to the right of the centre car park.
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access at this access point.
    • The slope does not have handrails.
    • The slope has a slight gradient and a width between 75cm and 150cm.
    • There are 10 or more steps.
    • The steps are not clearly marked but there is a handrail that switches sides.
    • There is open access to the area.
  • Outdoor Spaces View
    • The following outdoor facilities are available: woodland.
    • Surfaces for the outdoor spaces include: compact earth and gravel.
    • Footpaths are not available in all of the outdoor space.
    • The hide is located at the bottom of the steps and has a single door which opens away from you to access it.
      There is a further step up once inside to the fixed seating.

Outdoor Spaces (Tayock Hide Walk)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located at the end of the Brechin Road public car park.
    • There is step-free level access at this access point.
    • There is open access to the area.
  • Outdoor Spaces View
    • The following outdoor facilities are available: parkland and woodland.
    • Surfaces for the outdoor spaces include: grass, shingle and compact earth.
    • Footpaths are available in all of the outdoor space.
    • The majority of the paths are not wide enough for wheelchair users.
    • There are slight slopes without handrails in the main areas .
    • There are not any bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.
    • Tayock Bird Hide is approximately 800 metres from the Brechin Road public car park.
      There are several viewpoints of the Montrose Basin along the path or on short paths off the main path.
      The final path to the hide with trees on the right is narrow and uneven in places.
      There are further hides and walks to the west of the basin, although these are accessed via longer walks over land considered less accessible than the Tayock Hide.
      The NTS House of Dun car park can be used to access the Shelduck Hide and Widgeon Hide, which are approximately 1 mile away over farmland.
      There is parking near the Bridge of Dun to access the path along the River South Esk which has gates to cross.

Toilet with Adaptations (Left Hand Transfer)

  • This accessible toilet is located to the left as you enter the building.
  • There is step-free level access into the accessible toilet.
  • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m from the main entrance.
  • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the door.
  • There is a manual door which opens outwards and has a good colour contrast.
  • The door has a twist lock.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door opening is 86cm.
  • The dimensions of the cubicle are 173cm x 210cm and it has a turning space of at least 150cm x 150cm.
  • There is a lateral transfer space to the left of the toilet seat but it is obstructed.
  • The lateral transfer space is 100cm from the side of the toilet pan to the wall.
  • There is a lever flush on the transfer side.
  • The following grab rails are available: a horizontal grab rail on the non transfer side, a horizontal grab rail on the door, a vertical grab rail on the transfer side and a vertical rail on the left side of the wash basin.
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • The following fixtures can be reached from the toilet seat: the toilet roll holder and the wash basin.
  • The following fixtures cannot be reached from the toilet seat: the soap dispenser and hand dryer.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm.
  • The height of the toilet roll holder is 96cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever.
  • The height of the wash basin is 75cm.
  • The height of the soap dispenser is 93cm.
  • The height of the hand dryer is 105cm.
  • The height of the baby change is 91cm.
  • There is no emergency alarm.
  • There is not a shelf.
  • The cubicle does not have a full length mirror.
  • The height of the coat hook is 97cm from the floor.
  • The cubicle also has: a nappy/incontinence items bin, a sanitary bin and a pedal bin.
  • The following have a good colour contrast with their surroundings: the internal door, some grab rails and the floor.
  • The following have a less clear colour contrast with their surroundings: some grab rails, the dropdown rail and the toilet seat.
  • There is a slight lip in the doorway where the flooring surface changes.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There is step-free level access into the toilet(s).
  • There is a manual door which opens inwards and has a high colour contrast.
  • The male and female standard toilets were surveyed.
  • The wash basin tap type is twist/turn.
  • There are slight lips in the doorways to the male and female standard toilets where the flooring surface changes.

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