Aberlady Bay is a beautiful local nature reserve (the first in Britain when declared in 1952) and is renowned especially as a bird-watching venue.
The total area of the reserve is 582 hectares or 1,439 acres, though two thirds of this is sand, mudflats and salt marsh falling below the high tide mark. Salt Marsh, Tidal Mudflats, Fresh Water Marsh, Dune Grassland, Woodland, Scrub & Open Sea. It is a valuable area to feeding wildfowl and waders, breeding birds and the 550 species of plant life which have been identified here. Aberlady Bay is among the best locations in Scotland for Waders & Duck, in winter thousands of Pink-Feet Geese use the reserve to roost
If you arrive on the beach via the main path at low tide, you will just be able to make out to your left, to the south, two the remains of two midget submarines lying in the sand with the bolder outline of what turns out to be a concrete block between them. The midget submarines are XT-Craft, training versions of the X-Craft that attacked the Tirpiz in 1942
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