Striking seabirds

The Firth of Forth is home to spectacular seabird cities.

From late January the gannets return to the world-famous Bass Rock: with over 150,000 gannets it’s the biggest Northern gannet colony in the world.

Puffins, guillemots, razorbills, shags, fulmars and kittiwakes return in spring to nest each year. Notably the area has the biggest puffin colony on the east coast of Britain.

Here we provide information about some of Scotland’s most amazing seabirds – their traits, habits and of course where you can spot them.

Check out our wildlife sightings blog and our wildlife calendar.

For more of the natural history of the area read Dr Bryan Nelson’s fascinating article.