Sun Star. St. Abbs & Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve.
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Dahlia Anemone.

Diversity & Visibility


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The Kelp Forest
Down to 15 metres
The Tide Exposed Zone
Deeper Water

Shore Diving

Shore Diving at St. Abbs
Wreck of the Odense

Boat Diving

Boat Diving
Wreck of the Alfred Erlandsen
Wreck of the Glanmire

General Information

Air & Information
Map of St. Abbs Head Coastline
Map of St. Abbs Harbour Coastline
Wolf-fish Survey

The geographic position of the Marine Reserve means that it benefits from a flow of Atlantic water entering the North Sea around the northern tip of Scotland but also from a cooler Arctic influence. This results in a diverse mix of marine species from both cold and relatively warm water. For instance, the Devonshire cup coral which is very common on western shores is found here in small numbers but probably does not exist much further south in the North Sea. Similarly, species such as the beautiful Bolocera anemone and the Wolf-fish are primarily Arctic species but they are found off the Berwickshire coast in good numbers.

The Marine Reserve is situated well away from major centres of population and industry and consequently, effluent discharges into the sea are minimal. Water quality is improving as new sewage treatment plants are being installed up and down the coast at various locations and as a result, the underwater visibility in the area can be excellent. Spring tides, on-shore winds and plankton blooms can affect this but ten to twelve metres visibility occurs regularly whilst at some point each year, twenty metres visibility can be found.

Text and Images by Jim Greenfield.

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Seaslug feeding on hydroids.

Seaslug feeding on hydroids.

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