A scene from Torness Estate where EDF, who operate the Torness Power Station, were recently given the Biodiversity Benchmark Award.
These awards come from the Wildlife Trusts, to give businesses a route to perfect their land management. That way, they can give the maximum benefit to the wildlife and environments around them.
Throughout August, visitors to the estate can pick up a Nature Trail leaflet from the Visitor Centre.
Leaflet in hand, you can then follow a trail of signs which will hopefully lead you to some common and easily seen plants, insects, birds and mammals of the estate.
The route has been chosen for its ease of access to all ages and abilities.
It is particularly suitable for children. It will give the kids some fun and fresh air while also teaching them a bit about local wildlife along the way. In the summer holidays, you can’t go wrong with a bit of learning that also tires them out.
The trail is open daily from 10am to 3pm during August, which should give you plenty chance to pick a sunny hour or two to give the trail a try.
Personally, I welcome any initiative to get kids exploring outdoors so go on and have a go.
Torness nuclear power station was the last of the United Kingdom’s second generation nuclear power plants to be commissioned. Construction of this facility began in 1980 for the then South of Scotland Electricity Board (SSEB) and it was commissioned in 1988. It is a local landmark, highly visible from the main A1 road and East Coast Main Line railway.
For more information, contact the Visitor Centre on 01368 873 909 or email
George Hogg. Hogg Estate Services, Wildlife Management