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There are 45,000 seabirds nesting on the large nature reserve at St Abbs. Not so long ago there were 80,000, and Liza Cole, who runs it for the National Trust of Scotland, says that reflects a national trend.
Guest speaker at Berwick Probus Club, she said the area was still of great importance and interest has been aroused by the attempt of four pairs of gannets to breed there.
More than 50,000 people visit the site, where they can watch birds, the rapidly rising number of seals, dolphins, 23 varieties of butterflies, 200 species of moths and rare plants, view a man-made lake and walk in the footsteps of St Ebba.
Education is a big part of Ms Cole’s work and, with her volunteers, she is constantly involved in conservation, monitoring and research.
More and more people go to the area, ask questions and enjoy the wildlife and its beauty.
She has worked there for 11 years, building up a great knowledge of a national treasure.