An unusual underwater world of St Abbs

SuperNature Underwater at St Abbs
SuperNature Underwater at St Abbs

Natural Scotland has gone indoors in the Borders, Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre hosting a special exhibition highlighting three unique Borders habitats.

‘SuperNature!’ is an interactive exhibition featuring super-sized animals and plants which took museums service staff and volunteers two winters to research, design and build.

Star of the show is an immersive experience inspired by St Abbs Voluntary Marine Reserve. Featuring underwater footage, a giant wolf-fish, kelp forest and hand-built diving gear crafted from recycled plastic bottles, the reserve’s spectacular creatures have been brought to life with crochet and knitting, characteristic of the creative approach taken throughout the exhibition.

Harestanes Centre Assistant Toni Coyle explained: “I wanted the visitor to feel like a small creature emerging into a kelp forest under the watchful eye of a friendly seal. Then to come face to face with a scary wolf-fish in a coral reef. I wanted the sets to be quirky and stylised and show what they were made of. Visitors can see coral made from socks and anemones made from car-wash brush heads!”

‘SuperNature!’ is open daily in the visitor centre Gallery from 10am to 5pm until Monday, August 26.