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Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

Control the interactive live cameras at the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, to zoom in on amazing wildlife in its natural habitat.

This includes the world-famous Bass Rock, the world’s largest colony of Northern gannets and BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Nature Reserve of the Year; the Isle of May National Nature Reserve, the biggest puffin colony on the east coast of Britain and also the biggest grey seal colony on the east coast of Britain.

There’s different wildlife to experience throughout the seasons – review the sightings on our blog. The gannets return in early February and this marks a key point in breeding season within the Firth of Forth region. In peak summer around 150,000 gannets will call the Bass Rock home and around 500,000 seabirds will be present across all the islands.

The puffins return from late April and stay until early August – by then gannet chicks have grown into juveniles. From October to December the seals have their pups and you can watch them being born live on the interactive cameras in the Discovery Centre.

Not only that but there’s a chance to further experience the wonders of the Firth of Forth on a range of boat trips. There’s a RIB and cruise boat that take in the islands of The Lamb, Craigleith and the Bass Rock, with fantastic photo-opportunities during the hour-ling trips. Depending on the time of year you could spot gannets, puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots, shags, seals and much more.

There are landing trips to the Isle of May, with guided tours and specialist photographic trips available. Not only that but the Scottish Seabird Centre has the exclusive landing rights for the Bass Rock: for wildlife and photography enthusiast this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

After all that adventure, there’s fantastic local produce in the Seabird Café, with a stunning seaside deck that looks out onto the Firth of Forth and the beaches of North Berwick. There’s also a gift shop which is full of fair trade and locally produced items, which provide the perfect memento from your visit.

Check out our Instagram for all your #seabirddays !




Contact Details

Address:The Harbour
North Berwick, EH39 4SS
Tel:Click to view01620 890202

Opening Times

Open all year


Species this provider offers to spot


Geographical regions this provider operates in

  • Edinburgh & Lothians and Scottish Borders


Activities this provider runs

  • Boat Trips, Sailing & Cruises
  • Nature Visitor Centres, Hides & Attractions
  • Wildlife Boat Trips & Cruises

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