- More than 100 seal pups now on the Centre's live cameras
The grey seal breeding season on the Firth of Forth islands is well underway with more than 100 seal pups spotted by visitors to the Seabird Centre in the past few days.
A total of 113 seal pups have been spotted so far using the Isle of May and Craigleith cameras.
The Seabird Centre’s Discovery Centre Manager Andy Dickson said:
‘We’ve been keeping a close watch on the appearance of seal pups on the islands on an on-going basis, and we've counted 113 to date. These beautiful white, fluffy creatures really stand out on our cameras, and they’ve proved...
- East Lothian public asked to look our for young gannets in difficulty.
The Scottish Seabird Centre has recently been contacted by members of the public reporting sightings of large speckled birds washed up along the shoreline of North Berwick.
Sadly these are recently fledged, juvenile gannets known as gugas. Aged just 12 or 13 weeks old, gugas are a similar size to an adult gannet or even bigger, but have speckled plumage with paler bellies and quite a fearsome dagger-like bill.
After leaving their nests on the Bass Rock, the young gannets will float on the sea for several days, unable to fly until they lose weight No longer under the care of their...
- 'Robocam' comes to the Discovery Centre
Visitors to the Centre will now be able to find out at first hand how our interactive remote cameras on the Firth of Forth islands work in beaming images of seabirds and other marine life back to our Discovery Centre. Our ‘robocam’ is identical to those installed on the Bass Rock and the other islands, and visitors will be able to see how they work and even see themselves on screen,as demonstrated in our picture by Catherine, the newest member of our Discover Centre staff!
‘Robocam’ is just one of the experiences which await visitors to our Discovery Centre in the coming weeks....
- Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Competition 2013 launched
The Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Competition 2013 is now open for entries!
For the eighth year running, we’re asking amateur photographers to grab their cameras, and get out and about in the natural world to capture the best images of flora and fauna possible, whether that’s right on their doorstep or anywhere across the world. We have some fantastic prizes up for grabs.
The winners of the six adult categories will each join Lorne Gill, professional photographer at Scottish Natural Heritage, on a photography trip to the magical Isle of May, getting first hand tips on how to capture the perfect...
- We undertake our first gannet rescue of the season
Following a busy period of activity recently for our Puffling Rescue Service, we have now also successfully completed our first gannet chick rescue of the season!
Our guide Maggie Sheddan explains :
‘This little chick had obviously fallen out of a nest, been attacked by other gannets, and had subsequently fallen down a cliff on to the lower path on the Bass Rock. I picked it up and it sailed happily back to Dunbar with us. It’s now in the caring and capable hands of the SSPCA team at Fishcross . This was our first gannet rescue of the season, but it...
- 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...
- 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...