- 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...
- Screening of the first ever Dr Bryan Nelson Memorial Lecture announced
The Scottish Seabird Centre Volunteers are hosting a special fundraising event in memory of the world’s leading gannet expert.
In October 2016 the first ever Dr Bryan Nelson Memorial Lecture was held in Edinburgh and the Seabird Centre Volunteers have organised a screening of this lecture, at the Seabird Centre on Thursday 2 February.
The speaker for this first lecture was well-known seabird biologist, Professor Mike Harris, on the subject of ‘The Puffin: Past, Present and Future’. Mike was a friend and colleague of Dr Bryan Nelson MBE for many years and the lecture also featured memories and anecdotes of their...
- Seabird Holiday Club announced for the February half-term
Following the success of the October Seabird Holiday Club, conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, announces the Holiday Club for the February half-term.
Open to school pupils from Primary 1 to Primary 7, the Seabird Holiday Club will run from Monday 13 to Thursday 16 February, priced at £100 per child. There is a 10% discount for additional siblings and Seabird Members.
The activity timetable has been compiled by Education Officer, Andrew Grieveson, featuring a range of indoor and outdoor activities including beachcombing, bug handling, citizen science surveys, rockpooling, outdoor survival skills and fossil hunting.
Andrew Grieveson said: “The...
- 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 projects including the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, the Dawyck Gateway at the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre, York Art Gallery and, most recently, Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre and Museum to name but a few. They also designed the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club building at Aberlady.
With over 38 years’ experience, Simpson & Brown specialise in conservation projects, creative adaption of existing buildings and the design of environmentally-sound initiatives. The project team will be led by Partner, Andy Davey, with Partner, Susan Whittle and Associate, Jenny Phillips.Andy Davey, Partner at Simpson & Brown Architects, said: “Our team is delighted to be involved with the National Marine Centre Project. We are immensely proud of the Seabird Centre building and believe we are ideally placed to develop and strengthen the design to make it even more inspirational as well as functional for visitors and staff.
“Our work focuses on respecting the past and responding to the challenges for the future, particularly with regards to environmentally sound, sustainable design. As these aspects will be a core focus for the National Marine Centre project we look forward to researching, consulting and developing the designs in partnership with the Seabird Centre team and key stakeholders.”
Grace Martin, Project Director for the National Marine Centre, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Simpson & Brown. Andy and his team have a very strong association with the current building and a wealth of experience in visitor attractions, sustainability and sympathetic design.
“It is still very early days with the project and we are currently in a period of public consultation. Going forward, Simpson & Brown will be keen to engage with visitors and non-visitors alike to help them identify how best to enhance the existing, iconic Seabird Centre building”.
The aim of the National Marine Centre is to help people discover more about our amazing marine environment and wildlife - life above and below the waves - including seabirds. It will present the opportunity for the Centre to achieve more of its charitable objectives by expanding and diversifying its education and conservation programmes, developing new activities and events, and enhancing the exhibition space. The National Marine Centre is the working title for this innovative project.
The public survey for the project is currently still open, closing on Monday 7 November.
- 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...