St Abb’s Head, St Abbs
"Its a fantastic place to visit when the thrift and rock-rose are out. Breathtaking!"
- Liza Cole, the National Trust for Scotland
Cradled in in a rugged landscape - formed by volcanoes 400 million years ago - lies one of the best examples of a maritime grassland in Scotland. In early summer the meadow is full of flowers: rock-rose mixes with wild thyme, attracting the rare Northern Brown Argus butterfly, who eats the former as caterpillars and drinks the latter for nectar. St Abb's Head is also a major stop-off site for migrant seabirds and thousands can be seen nesting on the cliffs hereabouts. The site is named after St. Ebba, who in 6th century, established a chapel in area.
How to get here
Off the A1107, 2 miles north of Coldingham.
Species to spot
Northern brown argus
Best time to see: June - July
A small brown butterfly with vivid orange spots. Those found in Scotland have a distinctive white spot found on the upper surface of the fore-wing. The caterpillars feed on rock-rose. Image © Velella/CC BY-SA