the national Trust for Scotland, St Abb's Head constitutes a National Nature Reserve
of 192 acres in size, and is especially noted for the variety and numbers of seabirds
which nest there. The wealth of seabirds in this small area is quite remarkable,
with Shags, Guillemots and Razorbills sharing the cliffs with Puffins, Kittiewakes
and Herring Gulls.
It is not
just our feathered friends which can be enjoyed at St Abb's of course, the range
of flowers is remarkable and the area is well-known for its butterflies. A bit
trickier to spot but no less common is the rnage of fauna on the shoreline and
in the waters, including: seals, wolf fish, crustaceans and a wide selection of
For the more adventurous, paths lead up to the lighthouse at
the far side of the reserve, with a way back down via the Mire Loch, it's a steep
walk, but one which provides for some stunning views of the bird life in the reserve,
and of the remains of the 7th Century convent of St Ebba.
Directions: Follow the main road out of St Abbs village till you come
to some farmhouses on your right hand side, the nature reserve visitor
centre is here, and from here you can decide how far into the nature reserve
you wish to wander.