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“Don't visit when there are no birds on bass rock”

Scottish Seabird Centre
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy great days out at the seaside with the five star Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick. In the Discovery Centre control the interactive live cameras to zoom in on the amazing local wildlife on the Firth of Forth islands including puffins, gannets and seals. The Bass Rock is the world’s largest Northern gannet colony and BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Nature Reserve of the Year and the Isle of May is the biggest puffin colony on the east coast of Britain. There’s different wildlife to see throughout the year and at different stages of the breeding season. Visitors can enjoy expert talks, 3D TV, fish tanks, Flyway Tunnel, Wildlife Theatre, Turtle and Ray Zone and a Scope Deck. There is also a Gift Shop, the Seabird Cafe which has East Lothian’s only seaside sundeck, plus a range of seasonal boat trips. The Scottish Seabird Centre is open all year – only closed on Christmas Day.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed February 18, 2013

During this recession we are very, very careful about what we spend our money on and to be honest I was expecting a lot more for the admission prices. My only consolation is that you are a charity and so at least we supported the great work you do! Had the gannets or puffins been there then maybe we would have felt differently. The children quickly got bored of moving the camera's around rocks on the Islands. There was no wildlife to spot at all. The whole experience was totally underwhelming for us. I really wish there had been more to do for age 6 plus children, especially interactive material. The paper crayon rubbings are good but could you incorporate an area with various feathers, an identification table with skulls, bones etc.... a quiz, some puzzles, get the kids to build a nest (just ideas, am sure you could think of many more) I know this can sometimes get a wee bit messy but the day we were there a few staff members were downstairs where this area could be tidied up every hour or so.

Thank Lister4077
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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2013

Hi there. Thanks for taking the time to visit the Centre and for your review. You are correct – we are a charity! All income is invested into the education and conservation work that we do and we would like to thank you for your support.

Your recommendations for developments are very welcome – we are always looking for feedback and ways in which we diversify what’s on offer. If you would like to discuss your experience further, then please feel free to contact us direct info@seabird.org

There is different wildlife to see throughout the seasons and you can keep up-to-date with what you can see when via the website and our wildlife sightings blog. As you are just across in Glasgow we hope that you do visit us again during gannet season (from late February to October) and puffin season (from late April to early August).

Kind regards
Laura

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The Gannets were nesting so the rock was covered and alive with activity. The center itself gave a comprehensive look at the seabirds who frequent the area.

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

Hi there - thank you for our five stars! Great to see you were so impressed with the amazing gannets - they are wonderful. As you are only in Edinburgh, we hope you pop out to see us again soon. If you come by train you can save 20% on admission prices. Kind regards Laura

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We're very lucky having the Scottish Seabird Centre on our doorstep. I love to sit and watch the sea, eating a toasted teacake with a pot of tea to wash it down. Their baked potatoes are rather yummy too. If it's warm or you enjoy the bracing sea air, the deck is a great place to spend the time, idly watching the sea and the bird and animal life. When the weather is a bit more dramatic, it can be spectacular and it's cosy indoors, watching the waves crash on the rocks. A spot of light shopping (books and handcream - heaven!) and, if you fancy, a trip downstairs to see the exhibitions. It's best when the gannets are around. If you're lucky you can watch these magnificent birds dive off the beach. With friendly staff, what more could you want? It's also accessible and child friendly. Enjoy!

Thank NBSue
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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

Hi NB Sue. What a fantastic review - thank you! It is great to hear from our regular visitors as well as holidaymakers, and we constantly strive to ensure everyone has the best experience.

I will pass on your positive feedback to the cafe team - if there is anything else you would like to see on the menu, please let us know! Excellent to see you like the gift shop and Discovery Centre too - great to see you make full use of the Centre.

We also love the gannets and it won't be long before they have landed on the Bass Rock!

We will look forward to seeing you at the Centre soon. Kind regards Laura

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Reviewed December 21, 2012

This centre has been a great addition to the town where the seabirds which are am amazing feature of this area, however, at the expense of a great outdoor lido. The cafe is perfect spot to stop off from sightseeing, with a great deck for those occasions when its not so windy.

Thank Mpoziemski
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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

Hi there. Thank you very much for the five star review. You are correct, the Firth of Forth is an amazing spot for seabirds, with around 500,000 at the peak of the season, including 150,000 gannets on the Bass Rock. You can see the Rock from our Seabird Cafe deck, and come rain or shine the Centre is a great place to visit. We hope to see you at the Centre again soon. Kind regards Laura

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

we were here to find out about a large raft of seabirds which we had watched swim along the coast the previous evening and back the following morning.. just to the south...(identified as Gossanders)

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

Hi there. Thanks so much for our five star review. Excellent to hear that you felt our staff were helpful and I will certainly feed this back to the team. Hope you visit us again next time you are in the area or following migrating birds. Kind regards Laura

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