Marine Fest - Citizen Science Session

Join our Conservation Officer for an outdoor, interactive introduction to marine citizen science, exploring our new citizen science trail around North Berwick. Learn what citizen science is, why it’s important, and discover how you can get involved in collecting data to safeguard wildlife and habitats.

This is a great opportunity to discover Scottish seabirds, shorebirds and cetaceans and learn more about how to identify and protect them. This activity is aimed at adults 18+, but younger teenagers and children can come along if accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are a recommended £5 donation for adults and free for children (who must be accompanied by an adult). Donations are gratefully received and will go towards supporting our education and conservation work around Scotland. Friendly, quiet dogs are welcome, but we ask they are kept on a short lead throughout.

Tickets are free but donations welcome. Please reserve one ticket per person.


The route usually starts and finishes outside the Scottish Seabird Centre, taking participants on a return journey down onto Milsey Bay Beach. Walks will vary depending on the wildlife around and the particular interests of the participants, but a variety of species and habitats will be explored and discussed.

What will we provide?

Binoculars (for the duration of the walk), a wildlife ID guide, a citizen science information leaflet, alcohol hand-gel (if needed).

What do I need to bring?

Walking boots or shoes, clothing appropriate for the weather outside, a drink, any medication you may need, a face covering, a mobile phone, sun protection (good weather days).


We will be on the move for around 60 minutes during this walk, and the route includes some gentle slopes, uneven sand, rocky ground, and (sometimes) slippy surfaces. We will always try to adjust the pace and the route to make sure that everyone is comfortable, but please let us know in advance if you have questions or concerns about the distance or the route. You can direct queries to

We are delighted that, thanks to the incredible work of the team at Beach Wheelchairs, all of our coastal wildlife sessions are now accessible for wheelchair users (subject to availability). To discuss available equipment and book a session to coincide with this walk, get in touch with the Beach Wheelchair volunteers on: or give them a call on: 0300 111 2112. A helper or carer assisting a wheelchair user can come along to this event for free - please select the Wheelchair Helper/Carer ticket option when you book.

What if my event is cancelled?

You will hear from us the day before this event if it is cancelled due to poor weather conditions or other circumstances. In these circumstances you will be refunded your donation.

Photo Credit: Jess Thompson

Marine Fest is supported by North Berwick Trust.