Get back to nature and indulge your love of wildlife at the Scottish Seabird Centre this summer.

In 2021, Scotland continues to celebrate its coasts and waters with a programme of activities and events which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of the surrounding landscape. As part of the Year of Coasts and Waters, conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, will host its first ever Marine Fest to raise awareness of the diversity of Scotland’s marine environment and wildlife and the pressures facing them.

With a host of exciting partners, a series of outdoor and on-line events have been planned between 31 May and 13 June 2021. The Centre’s stunning coastal location, overlooking the Firth of Forth islands, allows unparalleled access to the sea, coast and beaches. The surrounding waters and islands are of international importance for their habitats and wildlife, including the world’s largest Northern gannet colony (Bass Rock). Marine Fest will make full use of this setting, including a mile of golden sand and rockpools full of fascinating wildlife. Outdoor activities will be supplemented by digital events which will be accessible to those unable to physically visit the Centre.

Events include rock pooling, guided walks, citizen science, art, crafts, and interactive science shows. Incorporating World Environment Day (5 June) and World Ocean Day (8 June), they will also explore the threats to the marine environment and steps people can take to help. All of the events must be pre-booked and the full programme is available on their website.

Book a visit to the Discovery Experience and explore the wonders of Scotland’s seas with their interactive games, exhibits and live talks. Exhibits virtually transport visitors of all ages, from the warmth and comfort of the Centre, deep into a variety of Scottish marine habitats, including kelp forests, cold-water coral reefs and the waters around the Bass Rock. 

Experience the spectacular wildlife up close with one of the seasonal wildlife boat trips around the local islands or make a day of it with lunch on the café decking soaking up the incredible views and finish off with a shell hunt on the local beach. Keep an eye on the website for news of upcoming events including the return of Professor Egghead’s popular science shows over the school holidays, guided wildlife walks and beach cleans.

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