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Scottish Seabird Centre logoScottish Seabird Centre aims to Build on Success

North Berwick’s five star visitor attraction, the Scottish Seabird Centre announces vision to extend the attraction and to build on its outstanding success since opening in 2000. This would allow the development of the charity’s education role, provide a platform for increased conservation activity and further enhance the experience for both locals and tourists.

A working title of the ‘National Marine Centre’ is currently being considered to demonstrate the increasing role of the charity in highlighting the international importance of Scotland’s outstanding marine environment and wildlife, as well as raising awareness of the need to ensure that Scotland’s seas,  coasts and marine wildlife, including seabirds, are properly looked after for future generations.

The Centre’s original architects, Simpson & Brown, have produced some sketch drawings of what the extension could look like. They believe that this would not only complement but also enhance the appearance of the award-winning building.

Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “We are extremely grateful for all the wonderful support for the Centre over the last twelve years, which has allowed us to remain open and to develop our education and conservation work. This long-term vision would allow us to achieve even more in the future. It is at a very early stage with no funding or detailed plans, however initial feedback on the idea has been extremely positive and we are keen to engage with as many people as possible to get their ideas and thoughts.”

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, said: “Scotland is world renowned for its outstanding marine environment and wildlife. The long-term vision being shown by the Scottish Seabird Centre is excellent. It will expand the education and conservation work of the Centre as well as enhance the overall visitor experience and I’d like to wish them all the best with this exciting project.”

As well as additional facilities for both locals and visitors, the extended Centre would provide much needed additional space for the increasing number of school groups which visit the Centre for its award-winning environmental education programmes.

The self-financing Centre currently attracts over a quarter of million visits a year, supports over 70 jobs and generates over £2million for the local economy. An extended Centre would be a significant boost to East Lothian’s tourism industry and Scotland’s growing reputation as Europe’s leading wildlife tourism destination.

The Scottish Seabird Centre invites feedback on the proposed long-term plans on email or in writing: The Harbour, North Berwick, EH39 4SS.

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