Bird spotting at Torness
More than 200 visitors recently made their way to the EDF Energy's visitor centre at Torness power station to celebrate National Nest Box Week.
Children made bird boxes to take home and bird feeders to hang in their gardens to give the local wildlife a winter treat. If that was not enough bird related fun they were also able to make flying finger puppets.
The visitors had great fun bird spotting and tested their knowledge by identifying some of the native garden birds of Britain.
Faith Scott, Visitor Centre Coordinator, said: “It was great to welcome so many children to the visitor centre during the recent school break. We have a wonderful variety of wildlife at Torness making it an excellent place for birdspotting. Yellow wagtails can often be seen catching insects near the station. Curlews, redshanks and oystercatchers can be seen at the coast all year round and each year peregrine falcons return to nest on the roof of one of our buildings.”
A diverse range of wildflowers like northern marsh orchids, bird’s-foot-trefoil and knapweed also grow in the grasslands around the station and can often be spotted from the station’s nature trail. There are at least 16 species of butterfly to be seen as well, including the wall brown and small heath species.
Torness has held the Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark award since 2015; one of four sites in Scotland and the only one in East Lothian to do so.