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Scottish Seabird Centre

Urgent Appeal

Without the vital income from our Visitor Centre our charity's future is under threat. Help us continue our critical education and conservation work - inspiring conservationists of the future to protect our fragile marine world.
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We need your help!

We've been connecting people and nature for almost 20 years, inspiring them to love and care for our iconic seabirds and marine wildlife. The need to protect the marine environment has never been greater.

Due to the closure of our Visitor Centre in response to the COVID-19 crisis, our charity's future is under threat.

All our education and conservation activities motivate people to make positive changes in their own lives to protect our marine environment now and in the future.

Our Visitor Centre is currently closed, meaning our main source of income is lost. This prevents us from sharing our love of Scotland's seas and wildlife with visitors and education groups from near and far. We cannot continue without your support.

Your donation will help secure our future activities, giving more people the opportunity to engage with Scotland's marine environment. It will also support our community conservation action now and in years to come.

£20 could help us inspire children to develop a life-long love of nature by funding science and learning resources.

£50 could help us bring the wonder of our seas into Scottish classrooms by funding our marine loan boxes. Loan boxes are shared for free with schools around the country.

£100 could help us conserve our fragile coastal habitats, by funding a volunteer work party. Time volunteering in nature is especially beneficial for vulnerable adults.

£250 could help us protect critically endangered puffin populations, funding an SOS Puffin mission to clear invasive Tree Mallow from local islands. Tree Mallow blocks the Puffins burrows and can have a devastating effect on breeding.

£500 could give a group of children their first hands-on experience of our amazing Scottish coastal wildlife, providing a free bus and rock-pooling session for 30 children from urban areas.

Together we can inspire even more people to understand and care about wildlife and the environment.

Quotes in support of our work from broadcaster, environmentalist and author Chris Packham CBE and broadcaster, naturalist and cameraman Simon King OBE.

During spring and summer our seabirds provide the greatest bird spectacles in the UK . The huge aggregations of Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, and of course everyones favourite, the Puffins enthral visitors to our coasts and offshore islands. The jewel in the crown is the remarkable Bass Rock, a towering guano splattered Gannet colony, the smell, the noise and the sight of all these swirling birds is simply awe inspiring. And its numbers continue to rise. The Scottish Seabird Centre situated close by on the mainland has live feeds to this and other colonies and is a fantastic educational facility and visitor attraction. A place where people can learn about the birds, their biology and their conservation . . . and have a great cup of tea and slice of cake ! Making it perfect in any weather ! And its recent refurbishment has made it even better.

Connecting people with nature, generating an affinity for it and then drawing upon this love to prompt proper conservation has never been more important. So please do whatever you can to support the centre through these challenging times. Thank you.

Chris Packham

The seas around the British Isles, especially those around Scotland, are some of the most important for sea birds in the world. Vast throngs of gannets, puffins and many others thrive on a diet of fish and other marine life that abounds in our temperate waters. So much of this extraordinary natural spectacle goes unseen, far beyond shore on remote islands or open water.

The Scottish Seabird Centre plays a vital role in bringing us closer to the magnificent natural heritage of our seas by providing state of the art interpretation and educational facilities to many thousands of people. It is a bridge between the wild spirits of the ocean and the enquiring minds who want to discover it. In addition it does tremendous work in the field of conservation and protection of this most precious natural asset. Its survival through these challenging times and long into the future is paramount to our continued appreciation and understanding of the entire marine ecosystem upon which our very survival ultimately depends.

Please help by supporting this appeal.

Simon King

Image credits: Greg Macvean, David Steel, Jess Thompson and John Hunt.

About the charity

Scottish Seabird Centre

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We inspire people to DIVE IN to Scotland's precious marine habitats. From a child's first experience of puffins to a magical insight into the underwater world, we bring the wonder of our seas to life. Our vision is to ensure our marine environment is healthy, wildlife-rich and enjoyed by all.

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