Berwickshire coastline prepares to be Bioblitzed

Seashore safari at St Abbs Reserve
Seashore safari at St Abbs Reserve

Any budding David Bellamys should get themselves along to St Abbs this weekend for a chance to get closer to nature.

The famous TV personality knows all too well how much wildlife the Berwickshire coast boasts, having officially opened the St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve nearly 30 years ago and now you can follow in his footsteps.

On Saturday marine rangers will be offering visitors the chance to become a scientist for the day at an exciting Bioblitz event.

The Reserve is packed full of wildlife and over the course of the day there will be a chance to look in rockpools, under the waves, along the strandlines, out to sea and into the night sky to see how many different plants and animals we can find over the day.

With a hub in the Ebba Centre in St Abbs, there will be different activities happening along the stretch of Reserve.

From whale and dolphin watching at St Abbs Head to a Great Egg Case hunt and rockpooling at Coldingham Beach, sea search dives from Eyemouth and much more!

Just a few months ago the future of the Marine Reserve hung in the balance due to a lack of committee members but a rallying call from marine ranger Laura Smith brought a healthy audience to a public meeting and some new faces into the fold, meaning all positions are now filled.

Looking ahead to the event, an excited Laura said: “Autumn is a time of change, birds are starting their migrations, rockpool life is changing and the seas are at their warmest – this makes October a great time to get out and see what is around.

“Come and join us and let’s see what we can discover!”

The event starts in the morning at 9am with some rockpooling at Coldingham Beach and will end with a bat and moth walk along the coastal path at 6pm.

For more information about what will be happening and when, please contact the Marine Ranger on lesmith@nts.org.uk or 018907 71443.

Alternatively, just go along to the Ebba Centre in St Abbs any time from 9am on Saturday, October 5, and pick up a timetable of activities and a map.

For further information about the Reserve visit www.marine-reserve.co.uk.