A network of Marine Protected Areas

Our CEO, Susan Davies, explores the benefits of a marine protected areas network as the Scottish Government consults on whether four new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) should be created. For the last few decades our approach to nature conservation has been based on three key pillars – species conservation measures, designation of protected areas and... Continue Reading →

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What impact could the windfarms in the Firth of Forth have on the breeding seabirds?

Gary Clewley, Research Ecologist from the Wetland & Marine Team for the British Trust for Ornithology, gives an overview of their latest research project tracking the movements of Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls breeding in the Firth of Forth.   Renewable energy forms an important part of the efforts to tackle climate change and consequently offshore... Continue Reading →

Sharks in Scottish waters

It’s national Shark Awareness Day.  Did you know that Scotland’s seas support many sharks of different sizes and speeds? The largest in our coastal waters are basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) which can grow up to 10m (33 feet) in length. These gentle giants are the second largest fish in the world. Basking sharks are filter... Continue Reading →

World Oceans Day – why it matters

Scottish Seabird Centre CEO, Susan Davies, reflects on the annual World Ocean’s Day, why it matters and how we can get involved in protecting our marine wildlife. World Oceans Day took place on the 8th June and provided an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of our oceans. Events took place from an international... Continue Reading →

Marine wildlife and habitats at risk

Scottish Seabird Centre CEO, Susan Davies, reflects on the findings from the IPBES global assessment on biodiversity, what this means for our marine environment, and the Scottish Government's consultation on Environmental principles and governance. It’s 4 months since I joined the Scottish Seabird Centre as its Chief Executive and I couldn’t have joined at a... Continue Reading →

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