- First gannet comes 'home' to the Bass Rock
The multi-award winning Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, has celebrated the homecoming of the first gannet of the year on the world-famous Bass Rock. The gannet was spotted on the five star Discovery Centre's interactive live cameras by the Woodward family from Stockport: Sam, Amy, Stanley (age 6), Elsie (age 4) and Fred (age 2).
This sighting is a significant milestone in the start of the nesting season on the Firth of Forth islands, and a truly 'brilliant moment' of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 celebrations. The area is of international importance for seabirds and over the coming months it will be...
- There's been a medieval murder!
The skeleton of a young man dating from the 12th or 13th centuries, who was fatally stabbed four times in the back, twice in the left shoulder and twice in the ribs has been discovered during an archaeological dig at the multi-award winning Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.
The archaeological dig organised by the Seabird Centre and undertaken by Edinburgh-based Addyman Archaeology and latterly supported by Historic Scotland, revealed structural remains, individual finds and an important new series of radio carbon dates. Evidence of a community living at the site has been strengthened by individual finds including stone tools, lead...
- Gannet gateway lands at Seabird Centre
The Scottish Seabird Centre, the independent visitor attraction, conservation and education charity, has unveiled the first of two highly anticipated public art sculptures.
Diane Maclean’s winning arch design, as voted for by the public from 30 original sculpture submissions in 2011, was deemed to best establish a ‘strong sense of place and belonging while reflecting the unique heritage and environment of the historic area around the Seabird Centre’. The artwork will create a unique feature entrance to the harbour, the Centre and the historic Anchor Green in North Berwick. The form of the new arch reflects the re-created whalebone arch on...
- One good tern...
The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) has supported the Scottish SPCA with a donation in recognition of the organisation’s dedication to the welfare of wildlife across Scotland.
The donation of £655 arose from the proceeds of a fundraising raffle supported by representatives of visitor attractions throughout Scotland at the recent annual ASVA Conference in St Andrews. Of the total collected, 50% of the proceeds were donated to charities assisting those whose lives have been devasted by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The Scottish Seabird Centre was selected to name a charity of its choice to receive the remaining cash raised.
- Our first puffling release of the season takes place.
We recently successfully completed the first puffling rescue of the year, following our appeal to people around North Berwick to be alert for young puffins – or pufflings – hiding in gardens or under their cars.
We asked local residents to keep their eyes peeled for pufflings who may have been disoriented by the town’s lights and have made their way to the mainland from the nearby islands rather than heading out to sea.
The Centre’s Puffling Rescue Service swung into action following a call from local resident Lisa Semple after her children found the puffling hiding in their garden in the...
- Dolphins are among East Lothian sunseekers
Local families and visitors haven’t been the only ones enjoying the seaside sunshine at the coastal town of North Berwick at the weekend. Local resident Peter Dollive set sail on a lunchtime Seabird Cruise from the award winning Scottish Seabird Centre to see the many seabirds that make the Firth of Forth their home at this time of year, and spotted a pod of dolphins just off the Bass Rock.
Peter, a member of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said :
‘I was having had a wonderful time on the Seabird catamaran around the Bass Rock using my new camera system. The icing...
- Puffins - last chance to see!
One of our best loved seabirds will soon be leaving our local islands - there are only a few weeks left to see them. Visitors to the award-winning Scottish Seabird in North Berwick have been able to view hundreds of puffins and their young – known as pufflings – over the last few months, but the Centre’s Chief Executive Tom Brock says that visitors wanting to see these enchanting birds will have to be quick before they return to the open sea until next spring. He explained:
‘We were very concerned about the large number of puffin fatalities right up the...
- 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...