Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson found out more about biodiversity projects in Forfar and Montrose during a visit to Tayside and Angus on Tuesday.
Mr Stevenson visited the Murton Nature Reserve and the River South Esk Catchment to see the work of the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership which was established in 1998.
The Tayside partnership was the first biodiversity partnership in Scotland to feature local case studies in its Local Biodiversity Action Plan and has since continued to work with Tayside communities and businesses.
At Murton Nature Reserve Mr Stevenson visited the sand martin nest site to find out about the Tayside Biodiversity Action Fund projects being taken forward there. He also met with volunteers and staff at the cafe and workshops.
He then stopped by Montrose to find out more about the River South Esk Catchment Partnership and the biodiversity projects it is taking forward.