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Puffin fans asked to get creative with LEGO bricks

For Puffin Fest, Scotland’s celebration of the iconic puffin which takes place from 20 to 30 May, visitors young and old are being asked to create their own puffin models with LEGO bricks – for the chance to get free entry to the festival.

Puffin Fest pictures at the North Berwick Seabird Centre.

Puffin Fest pictures at the North Berwick Seabird Centre.

There are no official instructions for LEGO brick puffins, so visitors are being put to the test to create their own design. Any sizes will be accepted and all that is required is for visitors to bring their LEGO creation along to the Seabird Centre during Puffin Fest. For those that are happy to do so, their picture will be taken and added to an online LEGO puffin gallery.

Alex Turnbull, Discovery Centre Manager, said: “People of all ages love LEGO so we are encouraging puffin fans young and old to have a go at creating their own LEGO bricks puffin. We hope lots of people have a dig around the boxes they have at home and experiment with different colours, shapes and sizes, and bring them along for the Seabird team to see!”

John Macleod, age 9 from Tranent, was asked to create a LEGO puffin to inspire other puffin fans. John said: “I worked on the LEGO bricks puffin with my dad, Gary, and it was great fun. It was a little bit of a challenge as there are no proper instructions, but we had a look online for ideas and looked at photos of puffins and built ours from the LEGO we had at home. I hope it encourages other people to build a LEGO puffin – especially if it means they get free entry to Puffin Fest!”

Puffin Fest features a family-friendly programme of activities, aimed at inspiring locals and visitors alike to learn more about the ‘clowns of the sea’, while also highlighting the importance of conserving and protecting Scotland’s seabirds for future generations.

The programme includes art workshops with the Edinburgh Sketcher and local artist Mandy Thomson; wildlife photography workshops with the award-winning Tom Langlands; Puffin Parties with Forth 1 and the RSPB; Puffin Express boat trips; guided walks with East Lothian Council Ranger Service plus the chance to zoom in

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