The Scottish Seabird Centre is a conservation and education charity dedicated to inspiring people to appreciate and care for wildlife and natural heritage. It is delivering significant socio-economic benefits to the area, including supporting over 80 jobs and contributing over £2million per annum to the local economy.
The Centre is situated at North Berwick harbour, an area which has always been the historic heart of the town, with stunning views out to the Firth of Forth.
Officially opened in May 2000, the Centre is a non-profit making visitor attraction investing income into education and conservation activities undertaken by a committed team of staff and volunteers. It brings people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds closer to wildlife. The exhibitions interpret the surrounding natural heritage and include solar powered cameras situated on the nearby islands enabling visitors to experience wildlife in close proximity with no disturbance.
The Centre has become established as a successful tourism destination with over 25 awards for sustainable tourism and customer service including the Queens Award for Enterprise for sustainable development and VisitScotland’s Tourism Business of the Year. It attracts around 270,000 visitors annually and is supported by over 7,000 members.
The Seabird Centre is now looking forward to a bright future, with plans to create a National Marine Centre for Scotland, building on a track record of success.
The National Marine Centre will be a hub for marine related education, conservation and research activities that will communicate new insights and provide new learning and engagement opportunities.
New exhibitions, activities and events will influence thinking and motivate behaviour beyond the visitor experience at the Centre. The National Marine Centre will play a critical role in informing and inspiring people of all ages about the value of their marine heritage, current issues and how to contribute to its future conservation.
Image: ScottishSeabirdCentre (c) Sean Bell