Scottish Seabird Centre media pack
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Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre is a 5 star visitor attraction with an award-winning Discovery Centre, set in a stunning location overlooking the Firth of Forth and sandy beaches of North Berwick.
A Scottish tourism success story, the Centre has over 25 awards for sustainable tourism and customer service including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and VisitScotland’s Tourism Business of the Year. The Centre has around 270,000 visitors annually.
Visitors to the Discovery Centre control solar powered, interactive live cameras located on the Firth of Forth islands. This enables them to zoom in on amazing local wildlife without any disturbance.
Images are also beamed out live via the Centre’s live webcams.
There's the chance to see puffins, gannets, seals and more - there is different wildlife to see throughout the year and at different stages of the breeding season. For full details see the wildlife calendar.
Open all year, the Centre offers activities for all ages with a Wildlife Theatre hosting events and showing short films; Flyway Tunnel with 3D TV; fish tanks; Turtle and Ray Zone; Kids' Zone and Kids' Corner; Scope Deck plus seasonal exhibitions. There is a gift shop and the Seabird Café features the only seaside sun deck in East Lothian.
The Centre’s seasonal boat trips run to the world-famous Bass Rock, which is home to 150,000 gannets in the height of season and is the world's largest colony of Northern gannets. It is also BBC Countryfile Magazine's Nature Reserve of the Year. Boat trips also run to the Isle of May National Nature Reserve, the largest puffin colony on the east coast of Britain.
With sole landing rights for the Bass Rock, the Centre also runs exclusive half-day landing trips.
In 2015, in partnership with Seafari Adventures, the Seabird Centre launched the Forth Ferry, offering a 45-minute crossing between North Berwick and Anstruther, Fife.
We couldn't exist without help from our volunteers, members and supporters. All proceeds are reinvested in the Centre and our education and conservation programmes such as SOS Puffin and North Berwick Wildlife Watch.
Tom has been the Chief Executive since before the Centre opened in 2000. With extensive experience in zoology, tourism and sustainability, he led the opening of the Centre and its impressive award-winning track record of success and continous improvement. He is working with partners on exciting visions for the Centre's future. Tom is also a trustee of Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Nigel joined our team in February 2013, bringing with him 35-years senior management experience in customer-service orientated businesses such as visitor attractions, retail and catering. His experience from within the visitor attraction sector is vast, including working as Operations Director at Deep Sea World and the Blue Planet Aquarium. More recently, he was developing visitor attractions in North America, Europe and Australia. Nigel’s role is a key new position to ensure effective management and development of the popular gift shop, café, Discovery Centre, boat trips, membership, education and the office.
Laura’s role incorporates a number of different elements as she develops and implements a strategic programme for PR, marketing and social media activity. Winner of the ASVA Marketing Award in 2014, shortlisted for CIPR Young Communicator of the Year and with experience at a range of 5 star visitor attractions, and in consultancy, she focuses on developing partnerships and creating innovative and results-driven marketing activity for the Centre. Laura writes and edits the members’ magazine, she is Secretary/ Treasurer of North Berwick Business Association and also sits on the East Lothian Tourism Attraction Group. Laura has also joined the board of ASVA.
Heather joined us in April 2016. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 and spent the next 9 years working in private practice carrying out audit and business advisory work for a range of clients and charities, big and small. Heather has spent the last 15 years working as a Finance Director in the retail industry. Heather lives in the local area and, when not at her desk, can be found running along the coasts of East Lothian.
Charlotte joined the team in April 2016. Her experience in the charity sector includes leading successful major building appeals, as well as fundraising for education, conservation and welfare projects. Charlotte's main role will be working with the team to secure support and match funding for the National Marine Centre. As a long-term volunteer with SOS Puffin, she is pleased to be able to use her skills and enthusiasm to raise funds for the ongoing work of the Centre.
Grace joined the Centre in January 2015 to lead the development and delivery of the National Marine Centre project. This project will enable the Centre to expand the current education and conservation programme as well as enhance the overall visitor experience. Grace has extensive experience in delivering large programmes and projects and will be working hard to secure relevant support and funding.
For further information contact:
+44 (0)1620 890202