- Puffling rescues
Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, is urging East Lothian residents to keep an eye out for young puffins, as puffling season is now in full swing.
The Seabird Centre was involved with its first rescue of the season on Tuesday 4 July out on the Isle of May. Boat Guide, James Leyden, found the young puffin and sought the assistance of Michael Duarte and his daughter Cece (age 16) who were on the boat trip.
Michael said: “We traveled from California to Scotland with the goal of visiting the Isle of May so my daughter could see puffins...
- Dolphins and crabs take over the Seabird Centre this summer
This summer (1 July to 14 August), at the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, the dolphins and crabs take centre stage with an interactive science show and puppet performance for families.
What’s for Snack? (ideal for age 2+) is an interactive puppet show with Seabird team member, Craig the Crab. With sing-a-long fun, young visitors will be asked to help Craig who has eaten some marine litter by mistake. He will be joined by some of his seaside friends who will aim to help him get rid of his sore tummy.
Older kids are invited to attend Ocean-a-rific (recommended for age 6+)...
- Puffin season
Puffin season has begun at the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick. Visitors to the 5-star Centre have the opportunity to control the interactive cameras to zoom in on the live puffin action on the islands of Craigleith, Fidra and the Isle of May National Nature Reserve. It’s also possible to see the amazing ‘clowns of the sea’ with a range of boat trips that take in the local islands.
The Isle of May is the largest puffin colony on the east coast of Britain with approx. 92,000 puffins calling the island home from April to early August. Craigleith and Fidra feature...
- Cabinet Secretary for Tourism views plans for a Cabinet Secretary for Tourism views plans for a National Marine Centre for Scotland
The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, visited the Scottish Seabird Centre to hear about plans to create a National Marine Centre for Scotland.
The £5.5million project will build on the success of the award-winning Seabird Centre to create an exciting new attraction that will explore marine life above and below the waves, including seabirds. Working with partners throughout Scotland, it will provide a national hub to increase appreciation and understanding of Scotland’s amazing marine environment and communicate ground-breaking marine research taking place nationwide.
The new Centre will provide a platform to promote understanding and appreciation of Scotland’s...
- Proposed wind farm development response
The Scottish Seabird Centre is extremely disappointed about the legal decision on 16 May 2017 to permit the proposed Forth/Tay windfarm developments. With internationally important seabird breeding colonies in the area we are deeply concerned about the significant number of seabird fatalities that will result from this potential development.
We have been working in partnership, with RSPB Scotland for several years to help raise awareness, concern and, where appropriate, objections to the proposal.
On the RSPB blog, it states: “With great reluctance, and having explored all our other options, we initiated a legal challenge in January 2015. We were initially successful...
- Scottish Seabird Centre unveils proposed plans for a National Marine Centre
Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, is today (Thursday 6 April) sharing proposals to create a National Marine Centre for Scotland.
The project, which will cost in the region of £5.5million, focuses on delivering new and enhanced education and conservation programmes at the Centre and nationwide. It will transform the Seabird Centre to explore marine life above and below the waves, including seabirds. Working with partners throughout Scotland, it will provide a national hub to increase appreciation and understanding of Scotland’s amazing marine wildlife and communicate ground-breaking marine research taking place nationwide. The National Marine Centre is...
- 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...