St Abb's Head (Scottish Borders)

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Mark Stephen visits St Abbs Head

Mark Stephen visits St Abbs Head to find out about wildlife above and below the water. Off the coast is the St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve, which aims to balance the needs of the area's marine life with those of recreation and traditional fishing. Out of Doors presenter Mark Stephen discovers how inspiring Scotland's landscape can be for poets around the country. In this week's Out of Doors, Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith are in the Mearns to mark the 75th anniversary of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's death.

The cliffs of St Abbs Head are home to thousands of birds. The waters below contain a wealth of marine life, which makes it a hot spot for diving. In order to protect the sea life, a voluntary marine reserve has been set up by the community.

Features of the area

Scottish Borders Group

The Scottish Borders is one of Scotland’s 32 unitary council areas. It is bordered by Dumfries and Galloway, South Lanarkshire, West Lothian, City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, and Midlothian, as well as Northumberland and Cumbria in. The administrative centre of the area is Newtown St. Boswells.

Historically, the name Scottish Borders designated the entire border region of southern Scotland and, together with neighbouring areas of England, was part of the historical Borders region.

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