The Scottish Seabird Centre is a conservation and education charity (Registered Scottish Charity no. SCO25837) that inspires and educates people about the Scottish marine environment, motivating people to care for it and supporting conservation projects. Our work is supported by a not-for-profit visitor experience with income invested directly in supporting our charitable activities.
Our vision is a broad one to help ensure that Scotland’s marine environment is healthy, wildlife-rich, valued and enjoyed by current and future generations.
We are an organisation that strives to do all we can to be:
• Passionate: about Scotland’s marine environment and its internationally important breeding seabird colonies, marine wildlife and habitats.
• Inspiring: we encourage people to explore and care for Scotland’s coastal and marine environment.
• Innovative: we find new ways to engage people to care for, volunteer and act for Scotland’s marine environment.
• Collaborative: we work with valued local and national partners to help people connect to Scotland’s marine environment and are inclusive; working with people of all ages and social groups
• Informed: we are respected as a provider of scientific evidence, knowledge and information about the marine environment.
• Trustworthy: we present information in an unbiased way to help people make informed choices about the health of the marine environment and actions required to care for it.
Our work is supported by our Trustees, by our people (staff and volunteers), our membership and our visitors. We use our Centre to offer a 5-star visitor experience, as a valued community asset and as the base for our respected conservation, education, science communication and outreach programmes. Our activities are structured under three Pillars:
• Conservation: we develop, demonstrate and promote models of conservation best practice and citizen science.
• Education: we deliver education programmes, science resources and events and use innovative ways to provide information on the marine environment.
• Communities: we work in partnership with diverse communities including enhancing the experience for visitors to North Berwick.
We measure our impact and use that to adapt and inform our choices and priorities. We are accountable to our funders, members, volunteers, beneficiaries and partners.
How can you support the work we do?
There’s never been a more important time for the conservation of Scotland’s marine environment and our seabirds. There are lots of ways to support us whether that’s becoming a member, volunteering, visiting our centre and exhibits or taking a wildlife boat trip. Please help us to reach new audiences and increase the impact of our conservation and education programmes.