East Lothian for Advanced Highers

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Occasional showers and a bit of wind did not deter Advanced Higher Geography pupils from Knox, Musselburgh and Dunbar from visiting some of the top geography spots of East Lothian on Monday.

The first stop was Moneynut Edge above Innerwick and a walk up through Aikengall Windfarm. Sheltering behind one of the turbines the group discussed environmental impact of upland wind farm developments, all the more relevant being within sight of both Cockenzie and Torness. Next stop was Cove Harbour to look at coastal erosion processes – plenty of fine examples of wave-cut platforms, stacks and arches. Plus also a visit quick visit to evidence of Coves smuggling past.

After lunch the group drove round to Yellowcraig and met with Dave Wild of East Lothian Council Country-side Ranger Service. First topic was visitor impact and how this relates to the management of the unique coastal habitats of Yellowcraig. The second part of Dave’s very informative session looked at the effect of invasive plant species such such as sea-buckthorn and piri-piri on the natural development of the dune systems. This was particular interest to the pupils who were undertaking sand-dune transects. Dave’s intimate knowledge and passion for this fine stretch of East Lothian coastline was obvious.

Hopefully the day has helped with ideas for some of the pupils who have yet to start their Advanced Higher Investigation, answered many questions for others – and has hopefully given some new ideas for next year’s projects. Thanks to Dave the Ranger , Mrs Hamilton and Ms Hillison for their help.

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