A fascinating place to visit

The fauna, flora and geological features of the Cocklawburn beach area make it a fascinating place to visit.

Tuesday, 14th November 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 8:47 am

Dr John Watson told Berwick Rotarians about his recover walks.

He used to live close by in a house on land owned by Greenwich Hospitals Estate, to which the land was forfeited in the days of Queen Anne. She promised to erect a building for wounded sailors and when she died her husband completed the project.

Two lime kilns were used at Cocklawburn, the finished product going out by sea.

Nature had created its own cup and ring feature near Seahouses, and there were remarkable rock features, a cove, the skerries, basalt and other sites of interest.

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Dr Watson spoke of the cottages at Philadelphia. The cottages are almost gone, but there are still local people who lived there.

The gun turret was the most prominent landmark, but a concrete wall close by had disappeared within 50 years, showing the power of erosion.

The flowers were fantastic, the bird life remarkable and there were many animals. There was a strong presence of rare yellow ants and several varieties of butterfly.