There is a rich variety of seabirds and marine life and it is a particular hot spot for puffins. It is also a key island for the SOS Puffin Project.
The Scottish Seabird Centre offers the chance to see wildlife in its natural habitat. This is live activity that visitors to the Discovery Experience are controlling. The footage is transmitted live from our solar powered cameras.
If this screen appears black, green or frozen, the cameras may have been switched off overnight or to allow researchers on the islands to carry out their work. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Craigleith once supported a very large puffin colony of about 10,000 breeding pairs. Numbers crashed dramatically due to an alien plant invasion of tree mallow (Lavatera arborea) a giant plant which grows up to 9ft, choking the puffin burrows and preventing the birds from nesting and rearing their chicks - these are called pufflings.
The Forth Estuary supports one of the largest colonies of breeding grey seals on the east coast with up to 4,000 pups born each autumn, mainly on the Isle of May but also in increasing numbers on Inchkeith and Craigleith.”