The Scottish Seabird Centre is a small charity with big ambitions to promote and conserve Scotland's rich natural environment and create a world-class centre for wildlife education.
We couldn't exist without the help and support of our volunteers, members and supporters. All proceeds are reinvested in the Centre and our education and conservation programmes.
We are also a fantastic visitor attraction!
Discover more at the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre
The Scottish Seabird Centre is a 5 star visitor attraction with an award-winning
Discovery Centre, set in a stunning location overlooking the sea and sandy beaches of North Berwick.
A Scottish tourism success story, the Centre continues to go from strength to strength. With over 25 awards for sustainable tourism and customer service including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and VisitScotland’s Tourism Business of the Year, the Centre is one of Scotland’s top 12 visitor attractions with approx. 280,000 visitors annually.
A world-leader in remote wildlife viewing, the Centre uses state-of-the-art solar powered cameras on the Firth of Forth islands to beam back incredible live close-ups of seabirds and marine wildlife onto giant screens. The cameras are controlled remotely by visitors and bring people so close they can actually read the ID rings on the birds’ feet, all without disturbing the animals in any way. Images are also beamed out live via the Centre’s live webcams at www.seabird.org.
The Centre’s Seabird Seafari boat trips run to the world-famous Bass Rock, which is home to 150,000 gannets in the height of season, and the Isle of May from March to October (weather permitting). With sole landing rights for the Bass Rock the Centre also runs exclusive half-day landing trips throughout the season. New for 2012 are the Isle of May Photographic Trips with amazing photo opportunities on this National Nature Reserve and renowned puffin colony, owned by Scottish Natural Heritage.
Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive, comments; “The Scottish Seabird Centre is unique in the world in its application of sophisticated technology for remote wildlife viewing. It opens up the whole experience of viewing seabirds and marine wildlife at close quarters in their natural habitat and without disturbance.
“There’s different wildlife to be seen every season: don’t miss the return of the gannets at the start of the year, the puffins at Easter and the seal pups from late autumn.”
Open all year the Centre offers something for everyone with a Wildlife Theatre, Aquaria, Kids’ Zone (including soft play), Environment Zone, Flyway Tunnel, Scope Deck and a packed programme of exhibitions, events and workshops, as well as a gift shop and the popular Seabird Café which features the best local produce and open decking over the sea.
For further information visit www.seabird.org
Also follow the Centre on Facebook /ScottishSeabirdCentre and twitter @SeabirdCentre
Chief Executive, Tom Brock OBE
Tom has been the Chief Executive since before the Centre opened in 2000. With extensive experience in zoology, tourism and sustainability, he led the opening of the Centre and its impressive award-winning track record of success and continous improvement. He is working with partners on exciting visions for the Centre's future. Tom is also a trustee of Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Nigel Ward, Head of Operations
Nigel joined our team in February 2013, bringing with him 35-years senior management experience in customer-service orientated businesses such as visitor attractions, retail and catering. His experience from within the visitor attraction sector is vast, including working as Operations Director at Deep Sea World and the Blue Planet Aquarium. More recently, he was developing visitor attractions in North America, Europe and Australia. Nigel’s role is a key new position to ensure effective management and development of the popular gift shop, café, Discovery Centre, boat trips, membership, education and the office
Fundraising and Business Development Manager, Charlie Marshall
Charlie’s role focuses on securing funds to support the education and conservation work of the charity and to fund exciting new projects and attractions. Recent success includes securing £30,000 for Plan Green Zero, an environmental project to reduce our carbon footprint and utility costs. He works closely with a number of partners and supporters, including Scottish Natural Heritage and East Lothian Council.
Marketing Manager, Laura Adamson
Laura’s role incorporates a number of different elements as she develops and implements a strategic programme for PR, marketing and social media activity. Shortlisted for CIPR Young Communicator of the Year and with experience at a range of five star visitor attractions and consultancy, she focuses on developing partnerships and creating innovative and interesting marketing activity for the Centre. Laura also writes the members’ magazine.
Education Officer, Jenny McAllister
Jenny started at the Centre in 2009 and her main role is running educational sessions for nursery, school and university groups. These can be indoors or outdoors but are always lots of fun. If you see a lot of children or hear a lot of noise when you are visiting the Centre, Jenny is usually the one at the centre of it. Jenny is also one of the leaders of our award-winning wildlife club which runs every Friday. During the school holidays you may be able to spot her in disguise as Professor Egghead or Tammie the Puffin.
Membership Secretary and Office Manager, Teresa Martin
Teresa has been working at the Centre for over 10 years and over this time has developed a popular membership package. Teresa is the key contact for over 6,000 members and issues emails about what her ‘friends’ need to know. She also looks after the office, managing the admin staff.
For further information contact:
+44 (0)1620 890202