CoastSnap – capturing coastal erosion at Montrose


17th November 2020

According to some estimations, people across the world will take more than 1.4 trillion photographs in 2020.

It’s never been easier to take a pic and Angus Council is looking for the public’s snap-happy help for the remainder of this year and beyond to assist a study into the effects of coastal erosion at Montrose. Working with the Dynamic Coast project and JBA Consulting, the Council’s infrastructure team are monitoring the extent and impact of erosion along the North East Angus shoreline and Montrose Bay.

Photos people take in the area with their mobile phones can help the project.

Dedicated CoastSnap posts fitted with a phone cradle, have been installed next to Montrose Golf Course and at St Cyrus (on the Donkey Path at the north end of the Nature Reserve looking back from neighbouring Aberdeenshire into Angus). They are waiting there for people to use.

They should look out for the CoastSnap posts (or stations) when in the area and join in this innovative community coastal monitoring project by using the smartphone camera cradle and taking a pic.

We ask that people remember that, as with anything that is used by numbers of people such as a shopping trolley or ATM, it’s important to be Covid-aware and ensure they take appropriate hand hygiene measures.

How to use -

1. Pop your phone into the CoastSnap smartphone cradle
2. Check that your phone is touching the vertical edge of the of the cradle.
3. Take your pic

Once taken, people can email their photo to or upload the image to the CoastSnap Montrose Facebook page, where there is also more information about the project. We ask that they let us know the date and time that the photo was taken.

The Facebook page will be updated regularly with the latest time-lapse videos and measurements of beach change from the database of community contributions.

For more information about the Dynamic Coast Project go to 


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