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The Bass Rock nominated for Nature Reserve of the YearBass Rock %28c%29 Mo Thomson

Scottish Seabird Centre calls for fans to cast their vote
 
Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, is calling on nature fans to show their support for one of the country’s most iconic locations.
 
The Bass Rock has been nominated by wildlife writer, Simon Barnes, in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015-16 in the Nature Reserve of the Year category.
 
Simon says: “This place makes the list for the second year running. I’d never been there before and I discovered that it’s one of the most overwhelming wild places in the country. And so easy. To be in the company of 150,000 gannets is like joining the company of the angels.”
 
These awards are a celebration of the countryside and its people – from great heritage attractions and favourite holiday destinations, to the best nature reserves and the finest rural pubs.
 
Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “The public vote secured the Bass Rock this accolade in the 2014-15 awards and we are delighted that this amazing wildlife landmark has been nominated for a second time. To have this recognition from Simon Barnes and the Countryfile team is wonderful and we are now calling on Bass Rock fans near and far to show their support.
 
“At the start of 2015 we were delighted to confirm the Bass Rock as the world’s largest colony of Northern gannets. Home to over 150,000 gannets at the peak of the breeding season, as well as a wide range of other marine wildlife, we are very lucky to have this world-famous natural wonder just offshore.
 
“The Seabird team hopes as many people as possible cast their vote and help the Bass Rock secure the title of Nature Reserve of the Year.”
 
People can vote online at www.seabird.org (visit the Wildlife section) or complete the form in the latest edition of BBC Countryfile Magazine by 31 January 2016.
 
Also shortlisted in this category are:
 
Blakeney Point, Norfolk
Kenfig, Bridgend
Ipsley Alders, Worcester
Cley Marshes, Norfolk
 
Visitors to the Scottish Seabird Centre can control the interactive live cameras in the Discovery Centre to zoom in on the live gannet action on the Bass Rock from February to October. The Seabird Centre’s boat trips to the Bass Rock will start at Easter.

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