Hatty's Cottage is positioned close to the perimeter of the renowned Aberlady nature reserve - the first designated in the UK. Once you've crossed " the Bridge to Enchantment" there are wonderful walks through the reserve, overlooking a tidal estuary, to dunes and a sandy beach. The estuary attracts a huge assortment of waders and waterfowl and in Autumn / Winter there are vast skeins of mainly pink footed geese. Their flight path often goes straight over the cottage and it is an awe inspiring sight.
The Scottish Ornithologists have a wonderful resource in Waterston House in Aberlady - this is open to the public and offers a library of reference books, advice, information and a gallery.
There are diverse habitats in East Lothian offering wildlife moorland, beach, river, loch, field and woodland conditions. Hatty's has some lovely local walks through the surrounding farmland. There is an interesting walk up a disused railway line up to Gullane which terminates at the pub!
North Berwick is 7 miles to the east and it is well worth visiting the Scottish Seabird Centre by the harbour. Here, there are live cameras trained on the vast gannet colony which nests in the Bass Rock opposite. At other times you can view grey seal pups and other sea birds on the May Isle. There are regular wildlife boat trips from north Berwick - as well as the gannets, there are sightings of seals, porpoises and the occasional dolphin.
There is a wonderful walk known as the John Muir Way, in memory of the Dunbar inhabitant whose work led to the protection of wilderness areas in USA.