Two walkers on a slope above the harbour at St. Abbs
Amble along trails or view wildlife in sheltered hides to discover spectacular scenery and admire the diverse native and migrant species in the Scottish Borders.
From the dense woodland of Cragbank Woods to the sheer cliff faces at St Abb's Head, the Borders has a range of impressive landscapes which shelter some unique plants and wildlife.
Perhaps one of the singularly important wildlife conservation areas in the Borders, the coastal area around St Abb's Head forms a large land and marine-based reserve. As well as a providing breeding grounds for several stunning seabird species, including puffins, kittiwakes, razorbills and guillemots, the seas of Coldingham Bay form the St Abb's & Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve. With a growing reputation for diversity, the cold waters of the Arctic and warmer currents from the south attract marine mammals such as seals, dolphins and purpoises. Along the shoreline, rockpools are studded with unusual seaweeds and coral as well as crustaceans and shore fish, such as the shanny and the butterfish.
There are several other nature reserves across the region to explore for that unique wildlife experience, each teeming with vibrant flora and fauna. None compare to the epic scale of the dramatic Grey Mare's Tail. A classic example of a hanging valley carved out millennia ago in the Ice Age, it's perhaps best known for its magnificent waterfall - the UK's fifth highest - cascading 200 ft to the valley floor. It is also noted for its rare wildlife and plant life, including preregrine falcons which nest in the crags around the waterfall.
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