St Abbs Head

These drawings of St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve, Scotland, were produced soon after the first national lockdown was lifted in the UK. The nature reserve appealed to me for its striking contrast both to Qatar’s arid climate where I had been living for several years, and to months of lockdown spent inside or taking local walks only. 

The area has a rich and diverse ecosystem, with tens of thousands of guillemots, gannets and razorbills nesting each summer. Minke whales, dolphins and seals are frequently spotted in the surrounding waters. The close proximity of large man-made structures, such as wind turbines and a nuclear power station, heighten one’s awareness of the fragility of this ecosystem.