St Abbs Head welcomes MSPs

MSPs visited the National Trust for Scotland's St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve last week.
MSPs visited the National Trust for Scotland's St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve last week.

A group of MSPs showed their support for Scotland’s wildlife during a recent visit to the National Trust for Scotland’s St Abb’s Head Nature Reserve.

Scottish Environment LINK, the forum for Scotland’s voluntary environment organisations which encourages MSPs to champion important or at-risk Scottish species of plants, trees and animals, organised the trip.

MSPs Christina McKelvie, Michelle Ballantyne, Paul Wheelhouse and Rachael Hamilton were joined by LINK members National Trust for Scotland, RSPB Scotland, Marine Conservation Society, and Mario Ray, a representative from St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve which is now over 30 years old.

Their visit took place at the height of the seabird breeding season at St Abb’s Head, one of the most accessible places to see seabirds in mainland Scotland and an important site for kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills.

The nature reserve also overlooks St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve and the northern part of the cross-border Berwickshire and north Northumberland Special Area of Conservation, as well as part of the area covered by the Firth of Forth Banks Complex Marine Protected Area.

National Trust for Scotland’s senior ranger at St Abb’s Head Liza Cole said: “It’s great to be able to share the natural treasures that can be found at St Abb’s Head and the work the National Trust for Scotland does, day in, day out to protect Scotland’s heritage now and for future generations.”