- Flying into SOS Puffin season
Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, is now into SOS Puffin season, as the puffins have left the islands of Craigleith and Fidra and headed out to sea for the winter.
SOS Puffin is the Scottish Seabird Centre's award-winning project to save the puffins on the islands in the Firth of Forth. One of the UK's largest puffin colonies, numbers on the island of Craigleith had crashed from over 10,000 pairs to less than a thousand, due to a giant plant called tree mallow which grows to 3 metres in height.
Tree mallow is thought to have been introduced to...
- Scottish Seabird Centre unveils exhibition plans for marine centre
The Scottish Seabird Centre has unveiled proposed plans for the key exhibits that would feature in the marine centre, putting North Berwick at the forefront of marine education and inspiring people to protect and conserve the world’s oceans and marine wildlife for future generations.
The proposed centre aims to become a must-visit destination as well as offering a high-quality facility for locals. Created in partnership with Event, one of Europe’s leading experience design agencies, the exhibits and attractions have been developed with advice from the Centre’s Marine Advisory Group led by Professor John Baxter, the principle marine adviser for Scottish Natural...
- Record-breaking season for marine events at the Scottish Seabird Centre
The Seabird team has broken previous records with the most people ever attending the charity’s programme of science events.
Over the Easter and Summer holidays 2,245 children and adults have enjoyed this year’s programme which delved into the marine world, with a crab-themed puppet show for age 2+ and interactive dolphin-themed science show for age 6+.
Malcolm Watson, Science Communicator, said: “Based on feedback from visitors, this year we offered two shows so there was something for little kids and big kids alike. This has worked really well, with little ones joining in stories and songs and older ones having the chance...
- Law Primary helps create film for Scottish Seabird Centre
Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, collaborated with Law Primary School on a very special filming project.
To give schools a feel for what they can experience during an education visit to the Seabird Centre, a P1 class worked with award-winning photographer, Barrie Williams, to create a video of a ‘typical’ school trip.
The video demonstrates that, even despite the Scottish weather, schools are encouraged to engage with the stunning North Berwick coastline in a safe, respectful and sustainable way. It highlights that there are a range of workshops linked to the Curriculum for Excellence and that Education Officer, Andrew,...
- Puffling rescues
Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, is urging East Lothian residents to keep an eye out for young puffins, as puffling season is now in full swing.
The Seabird Centre was involved with its first rescue of the season on Tuesday 4 July out on the Isle of May. Boat Guide, James Leyden, found the young puffin and sought the assistance of Michael Duarte and his daughter Cece (age 16) who were on the boat trip.
Michael said: “We traveled from California to Scotland with the goal of visiting the Isle of May so my daughter could see puffins...
- Cabinet Secretary for Tourism views plans for a Cabinet Secretary for Tourism views plans for a National Marine Centre for Scotland
The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, visited the Scottish Seabird Centre to hear about plans to create a National Marine Centre for Scotland.
The £5.5million project will build on the success of the award-winning Seabird Centre to create an exciting new attraction that will explore marine life above and below the waves, including seabirds. Working with partners throughout Scotland, it will provide a national hub to increase appreciation and understanding of Scotland’s amazing marine environment and communicate ground-breaking marine research taking place nationwide.
The new Centre will provide a platform to promote understanding and appreciation of Scotland’s...
- Proposed wind farm development response
The Scottish Seabird Centre is extremely disappointed about the legal decision on 16 May 2017 to permit the proposed Forth/Tay windfarm developments. With internationally important seabird breeding colonies in the area we are deeply concerned about the significant number of seabird fatalities that will result from this potential development.
We have been working in partnership, with RSPB Scotland for several years to help raise awareness, concern and, where appropriate, objections to the proposal.
On the RSPB blog, it states: “With great reluctance, and having explored all our other options, we initiated a legal challenge in January 2015. We were initially successful...
- Scottish Seabird Centre unveils proposed plans for a National Marine Centre
Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, is today (Thursday 6 April) sharing proposals to create a National Marine Centre for Scotland.
The project, which will cost in the region of £5.5million, focuses on delivering new and enhanced education and conservation programmes at the Centre and nationwide. It will transform the Seabird Centre to explore marine life above and below the waves, including seabirds. Working with partners throughout Scotland, it will provide a national hub to increase appreciation and understanding of Scotland’s amazing marine wildlife and communicate ground-breaking marine research taking place nationwide. The National Marine Centre is...
- Scottish Seabird Centre announces new trustee
Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, announces the appointment of a new Trustee. Dr Stephen Breslin, chief executive officer of the Glasgow Science Centre, will take up the post with immediate effect.
This appointment comes at a crucial time for the Centre, as it progresses plans to create a National Marine Centre for Scotland (a working title). The new Centre will explore marine life above and below the waves, provide a national hub to communicate ground-breaking marine research taking place around Scotland and deliver new education and conservation programmes across the country.
Dr Breslin said: “Scotland’s marine environment...
- Event appointed to the National Marine Centre project
Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, announces the appointment of Event for the National Marine Centre project.
Award-winning and internationally recognised, Event is one of Europe’s leading experience design agencies. Their role with the National Marine Centre (a working title) is to create a series of new interactive and exciting exhibitions that will bring-to-life Scotland’s amazing marine habitats and species. This is in collaboration with the National Marine Centre’s ‘Marine Advisory Group’, led by Professor John Baxter, with expertise being drawn from scientists, researchers and academic organisations from all over Scotland.
A public survey undertaken as part of...
- Original Seabird Centre architects to work on National Marine Centre project
Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, announces the appointment of Simpson & Brown Architects for the National Marine Centre project.
The Simpson & Brown team worked on the original, award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre building which opened to the public in May 2000. The Seabird Centre has become a very popular landmark building and has won several architectural and sustainability awards.
The success of the Seabird Centre led to Simpson & Brown being appointed to design other visitor attractions. Over the last 16 years they have worked on, and won awards for, a range of high profile visitor-related...
- Heritage Lottery Fund support secured to develop 'National Marine Centre' project
It is announced today (Thursday 8 October 2015) that conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, has been awarded development funding of £290,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to progress plans to create the ‘National Marine Centre’.
HLF has also given its initial support* for a £3.5million bid for the project.
The ‘National Marine Centre’ is the working title for an innovative and exciting project to diversify the Scottish Seabird Centre, expanding the conservation and education work of the charity. The aim is to build on the charity’s existing activities and share more widely the imp ortance, value...