Why is the marine life off St Abbs and Eyemouth so rich & varied? It’s all about location! … [Continue Reading]

Humpback prawn © Cathy Lewis

Take a Virtual Dive

By taking this virtual dive you can enjoy the life beneath the waves without even having to get your … [Continue Reading]

Diver and lion's mane jellyfish © Peter Ladell


You can now show your support for the VMR by wearing our branded merchandise. The VMR clothing range … [Continue Reading]

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Marine Life Recording

Even though literally thousands of people dive in and visit the Marine Reserve every year, we have … [Continue Reading]

Diver surveying © Howard Wood

Education & Activities

Education is one of the main aims of the Marine Reserve. A large proportion of the Marine Ranger’s … [Continue Reading]


Welcome to the St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve

The aims of the Voluntary Marine Reserve (VMR) are:


To conserve the biodiversity of the coastal waters and to raise awareness of the marine environment through education and promote responsible recreational use alongside a sustainable fishery to the mutual benefit of all.


Berwickshire’s coastal waters have long been renowned for their abundance and diversity of marine life. Here cold Arctic currents and warmer currents from the south swirl together and support diverse and abundant marine life so that Arctic wolf fish can be found living side by side with Devonshire cup corals. This website is intended to be an introduction to the stunning underwater habitats and incredible wildlife found within Scotland’s first Voluntary Marine Reserve. On this website, curated by our SEO company, we have suggested some activities to help you make the most out of your visit and you can keep up to date with the latest news, sightings and events taking place.


You can help the VMR Marine Ranger to monitor marine life by reporting any exciting sightings and uploading images on our new Report a Sighting form. We are also on the lookout for some specific marine species that you may find on your dive or visit to the shore. Visit the Marine Species Survey form to find out what the species are and report your sightings.