Support the Seabird Centre
We have an invaluable group of Volunteers of all ages - the Scottish Seabird Centre would be lost without them! There are a range of ages and abilities; some volunteer once a month and some a few hours a week. No matter how much time you have to offer, or what you would like to do, we’d love to hear from you.
Our Volunteers meet visitors to the Centre, fundraise and much more. It’s very enjoyable, a great way to meet people and provides vital support to the Centre.
Mary Tebble is an extraordinary volunteer who embarked on an unusal adventure in 2011 to raise money for the Centre. Read all about her Wild Flower Hunt, plus even more findings.
See below for an update from Sandy, the Chair of the Volunteer, from our last members' magazine - this will give you a flavour for the kind of things they get up to!
The Volunteer Group of the Scottish Seabird Centre continues to amaze me with the range of their skills and knowledge – our latest challenge is to find Volunteers with fluent language skills who can help by translating the Discovery Centre description sheets. Once we have the new English versions we will be able to complete copies in Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German and Russian.
Perhaps amongst the members we have language experts who could expand our list, to cover at least the main languages of Europe. If you could help, please get in touch with the Seabird Office on 01620 890202 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details. On espere que vous allez repondre!
Since the last magazine, the Volunteers have held their AGM, where Jenny MacDonald was appointed to the Vice Chair position. Jenny has already deputised for me at the Thursday morning meeting, reporting back to the Volunteers at the Seabird Café meeting. A very healthy balance was reported at the AGM by our Treasurer Harry Barker, which will enable us to make donations towards specific projects for the Discovery Centre. Our balance has been augmented by the events held more or less monthly, such as a Coffee Morning, Midsummer Music, Jazz Night and a Coriander Evening.
We also played a key role in the Centre’s 15th birthday celebrations, baking hundreds of cakes for visitors to enjoy.
Later in the year we will be holding an event on Fireworks Night, a talk by Sara Dodd on the art of making pictures out of dried seaweeds, plus a Christmas Coffee Morning on 12 December, so watch out for the dates and details – we need your support!
Our main activity however, remains the meeting and greeting of visitors in the Discovery Centre, where we try to enhance the visitor experience by highlighting the live pictures from the cameras and assisting people to operate them.
The summer months have brought stunning action from the islands, showing the young of all bird families in close up, to the delight of staff, Volunteers and visitors young and old! As many of the birds are beginning to leave us now to return to the water, we have started looking out for the first seals viewing the potential nursery on the Isle of May.
Mary Tebble, having moved aside from Vice Chair, now has a table in the Telescope Deck at weekends, where she chats to visitors as they leave the Discovery Centre. This has proved an invaluable position as Mary is able to collect feedback from visitors which she passes on to the relevant teams, as well being able to promote Membership of the Centre and becoming a Volunteer. She would love to welcome additional people to this activity, which would enable her to extend the hours of operation.
It is certainly possible to be both a Member and a Volunteer – many of us are!! We are always looking for new Volunteers to increase our coverage of the Discovery Centre, particularly at weekends, thus freeing up staff to give talks on the birds, seals or the fish tank.
Do think about joining us, even if you live at a distance and only visit occasionally. We do work hard but at the same time we have a lot of fun, and enjoy being with friends of a similar mind-set, that of caring for the environment and the animal life around us.