ABERLADY BAY

No. 1 Magazine - - INTERIORS & LIFESTYLE -

Aberlady Na­ture Re­serve be­came the UK’S first lo­cal na­ture re­serve in 1952 and is the head­quar­ters of the Scot­tish Or­nitho­log­i­cal Club. It also con­sti­tutes part of the John Muir Way and is looked af­ter by East Loth­ian Council. Good qual­ity paths and foot­bridges take you across the re­serve, which is quite ex­ten­sive so it may take some time to cover it all. In the au­tumn it can host around 30,000 pink-footed geese who come there to roost. Wheatears, whitethroat and black­caps all nest there too and red­shanks and lap­wings are just two of the wad­ing birds that thrive in the bay. As well as a thriv­ing bird pop­u­la­tion, over 550 species of plant life have been iden­ti­fied in the bay, mak­ing it a mecca for botanists as well as or­nithol­o­gists. When you re­turn to the car park af­ter ex­plor­ing the re­serve, look out for a me­mo­rial to nov­el­ist Nigel Tran­ter, who spent many happy hours walk­ing along this stretch of the Loth­ian coast.

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