As a conservation and education charity, human impact on the environment and wildlife is at the forefront of the work of the team at North Berwick’s Scottish Seabird Centre. They are working hard to raise awareness of some extremely important environmental issues.
Small changes can have a significant impact and the Seabird team supports reducing plastic waste wherever possible and practices this throughout the Centre. In the Seabird Café there are compostable straws, recyclable glass bottles and jars, and sauce sachets are being replaced by dispensers and compostable containers. The Centre also offers a 50p discount on hot drinks, when customers bring their own cup.
In the Discovery Centre, there are seasonal and family-friendly interactive science shows which bring environmental issues to life in an accessible and fun way to highlight how we can all help to make a difference. Professor Egghead, who appears in many different guises each year, engages young and old in a bid to instil behavioural change.
This approach is supported by Education Officer, Andrew Grieveson, who offers a range of environmental-based workshops for primary and secondary school pupils, encouraging people to change their buying habits linked to plastics and non-recyclable items. The Seabird Centre works in partnership with North Berwick in Bloom, East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service, Surfers Against Sewage and the Marine Conservation Society on community-wide beach cleans as well as supporting #2minbeachclean with frequent pick-ups undertaken by members across the team. Visit www.seabird.org for details of when the next beach clean will take place.
Education Officer, Andrew said: “For our community beach cleans, in the region of 80-100 people attend and we normally collect around 40 bags of rubbish. At these, and the annual Marine Conservation Great British Beach Clean Survey which we also support, plastic is by far the biggest offender. We find things such as food packaging, plastic cutlery, microplastics and lots of cotton bud sticks, which all have an impact, not only on the landscape, but also on wildlife.
“Changing behaviour is crucial. The more people understand about the impact of plastics on the natural environment and what they can do to help, the better. We all need to reduce, reuse and recycle more to help our amazing wildlife.”
Join in the Seabird conversation with #puffinsnotplastic #gogreenforgannets and #sustainableforseals.
Don’t miss the Centre’s new environmental animation on their YouTube channel.
SCOTTISH SEABIRD CENTRE
The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS | www.seabird.org