Detailed information for Aberlady Bay LNR

What you can see there

  Aberlady Bay LNR
The habitats consist of extensive tidal mudflats and saltmarsh, sand-dunes and grassland as well as open freshwater, scrub and woodland. Around 250 species of birds have been recorded in this area which is important for breeding species and waders and waterfowl during passage periods and in winter. Important speciesin the bay include Pink-footed Geese and waders especially Grey Plover and Sanderling. The freshwater pools attract passage waders and Garganey in spring when Osprey and Marsh Harrier may pass through in small numbers. Lesser Whitethroats and a few Grasshopper Warblers breed among the more numerous Whitethroats, Sedge and Willow Warblers. The site has various other nature conservation designations - SSSI, SPA and Ramsar.


Aberlady Bay LNR


There is a Reserve Ranger that provides information for visitors and can guide parties around the site. Groups please contact the ranger beforehand. Contact: JOHN HARRISON, EAST LOTHIAN COUNCIL, BLOCK C, BREWERY PARK, HADDINGTON. EAST LOTHIAN. EH41 3HA. TELEPHONE 01620 827847 Email JHARRISON@EASTLOTHIAN.GOV.UK


John Harrison (Reserve Warden, Aberlady Bay LNR), Landscape & Countryside Management, Dept. of Education & Community Services, East Lothian, Council, Council Buildings, Haddington Tel: 01875-870588


SNH Contact

SNH Dalkeith, Michael Thornton

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Designating Council

East Lothian

Year of Designation


SNH Area