Seabird Centre's Jenny is top of the class at Scottish Education Awards
Jenny McAllister, Education Officer at the Scottish Seabird Centre has received the prestigious Teacher of the Year Award at the Scottish Education Awards 2013. Supported by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Daily Record, the awards aim to celebrate excellence in the education sector.
The judges were impressed by the way in which Jenny has combined her ecology studies with teacher training to develop an education programme which successfully inspires young people of all ages to learn about wildlife, sustainability and the environment through a series of imaginative and interactive workshops at the Centre. This has included the creation of the weekly after school Wildlife Club, and the Centre's ever popular characters Tammie the Puffin and Professor Egghead, who will be starring in a series of summer science fun over the school holiday period.
Jenny has been invited to a special tea for winners at the House of Commons in July and will also be a contender in the Teaching Awards UK, the winners of which will be announced in October.
- Spectacular whale sighting in Firth of Forth
A spectacular sighting of a pod of around 12-15 sperm whales has been made in the Firth of Forth. The whales were seen swimming in the Firth on Thursday 25 April between 1 and 2pm, around one mile off the East Lothian coast, heading from Fidra to the Lamb. The whales then appeared to change direction, heading towards Crail in Fife.
The amazing sight was reported by George Kerr, a microlight pilot from East of Scotland Microlights. From a height of around 500 feet the whales looked enormous, and the water was reportedly completely still apart from the disturbance created by their...
- Sir David Attenborough congratulates the Seabird Centre on third Queen's Award
The award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick is today (21 April 2013) celebrating another prestigious accolade for the five-star visitor attraction. It has been named as the winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success – and receives the award for Sustainable Development. The coveted prize means that the Seabird Centre now joins a rare and distinguished group of award winners to have received the Queen’s Award three times in succession, having received previous awards in 2004 and again in 2009 when HM The Queen paid a visit to the Centre to...
- Dolphins Down Under: a special talk by Dr Michael Bossley, introduced by Erich Hoyt
An evening talk by marine ecologist Dr Mike Bossley on his pioneering conservation work with dolphins in South Australia, with a special introduction by marine conservationist Erich Hoyt.
Mike Bossley is a dolphin behavioural ecologist and conservationist who has been studying dolphins in the Port River estuary in Adelaide, Australia since 1988. Despite the many human impacts on the estuary it is has great biodiversity, including marine mammals and seabirds. Mike's patient observations have documented the many problems faced by these dolphins and led to the establishment of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary in 2005. He works with WDCS Australasia, and is...
- First puffins return! Wildlife "stars" are back
The award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick is celebrating the landing of the first puffin of 2013 on the Firth of Forth islands. The puffin was spotted using the five-star Discovery Centre’s live interactive cameras by Rhona Boyd and her daughter Louise (age 10) from Bothwell, near Glasgow. The Boyd family are Seabird Centre members and were visiting the Centre while on holiday in the area.
This sighting is a significant milestone in the annual wildlife calendar, as the Firth of Forth is of international importance for seabirds. By next month the islands will be home to around 500,000 seabirds...
- First gannet of 2013 lands on the world-famous Bass Rock
The breeding season has begun at the world's largets single island gannet colony. This weekend the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, celebrated the landing of the first gannet in 2013 on the world-famous Bass Rock. The gannet was spotted on the five star Discovery Centre’s interactive live cameras by the McCarron family from Airdrie: Gerard, Helen and their 3-year-old son James.
This sighting is a significant milestone in the start of the nesting season on the Firth of Forth islands. The area is of international importance for seabirds and over the coming months it will be home to around...
- Have your say on our expansion plans
We have announced vision to extend the Centre and to build on our outstanding success since opening in 2000. This would allow the development of the charity’s education role, provide a platform for increased conservation activity and further enhance the experience for both locals and tourists.
A working title of the ‘National Marine Centre’ is currently being considered to demonstrate the increasing role of the charity in highlighting the international importance of Scotland’s outstanding marine environment and wildlife, as well as raising awareness of the need to ensure that Scotland’s seas, coasts and marine wildlife, including seabirds, are properly looked after...