East Lothian, with its varied landscape, is a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife all through the year Spring sees the first wild flowers put on a great show of colour, including blackthorn, primroses, and bluebells. Later on, bloody cranesbill, cowslip and clustered bellflower are three coastal specialities that you can find with a bit of searching.
East Lothian is home to a wide variety of birds, whose populations change throughout the year. The most famous is the largest gannet colony in the world on the Bass Rock. At peak times, 150,000 birds have been counted. Other seabirds that can be seen in summer include puffin, terns and eider.. Enjoy a boat trip out to get a closer look.
In autumn up to 30,000 pink-footed geese migrate to East Lothian. This species arrives from their breeding grounds in Iceland. The pinkish grey birds with a dark head and neck, a pink bill and pink feet and legs are not to be missed. Other geese are also present at this time, together with more exotic looking winter visitors...you may also be lucky to spot waxwings at this time of year. These wonderfully coloured birds are likely to feed in small flocks on Cotoneaster bushes.
Other wildlife to be spotted in East Lothian includes brown hares sprinting across fields, roe deer feeding in and around woodlands to grey seals and shore crabsback on the coast. You will find frogs croaking away at John Muir County Park in April , butterflies around the dune grasslands at Yellowcraig in summer, whislt warm evenings attractowls, badgers, hedgehogs, bats and moths.