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Natural History Guide arrives!

A long awaited natural history guide for Preston, Seton & Gosford has arrived courtesy of Cockenzie resident Bryan Hickman, who runs the PSG Natural History group on Facebook.

The guide takes the reader on a coastal walk, with some inland detours, and gives a wonderful insight into the hugely diverse flora and fauna of our beautiful coastal strip. Also included in the book are superb photos taken by Bryan and lists of birds, butterflies and odonata which have been spotted in the area, which makes for a handy and informative guide for nature lovers.

Bryan has been collecting information and photographs in the local area for many years and this guidebook, funded by a grant from Salt of the Earth Heritage Connections, is the result. It has been produced through the 1722 Waggonway Press, the publishing arm of not-for-profit local heritage group, the 1722 Waggonway Project; and with design and typesetting work completed by East Lothian based Bethune Heritage & Media, this is a superb collaboration between many of our heritage partners.

Cockenzie-based artist Andrew Crummy endorsed the guide and commented in his foreword:

"I have lived in this area for 23 years, raised a family beside this rich coastline and have gained much inspiration for my art from the natural environment. I encourage others to get out and have a look and hope this book is of help to get the best out of any walk."

Reflecting on the book's release, Bryan said it was a very satisfying moment:

"It's great to be able to share this natural history guide with fellow residents and visitors alike. it's a huge passion for me and an important part of the diversity and appeal of this area and it will be satisfying to know that others will benefit from and enjoy the information I have collected over the years. Thanks to Salt of the Earth and everyone else who contributed to help produce the book."

The Preston, Seton & Gosford Natural History Guide is available from the 1722 Waggonway Project website, and from their Heritage Centre when open.

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