Update on Seabird Centre’s progress

Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield MP have visited the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick to catch up on the latest developments at the prestigious local charity.

The parliamentarians met with the Centre’s Chief Executive, Susan Davies, and received an update on the improvements she has overseen since coming into post at the start of this year.

One of the county’s most popular visitor attractions, the upstairs of the Centre underwent significant refurbishment earlier in the year. Plans are also under way for a significant upgrading of the discovery centre, and the classroom, all happening later this year

The meeting was also a chance to chat about the Centre’s plans for celebrating its 20th anniversary next year – which coincides with Scotland’s “Year of Coasts and Waters”.

Speaking after the visit, Iain Gray MSP said:

“I have long been a supporter, and member, of the Scottish Seabird Centre. It is some time now since Susan took over as Chief Executive, so summer was a good time to visit with Martin to catch up with her and learn about recent changes and future plans for the Centre.

“The new more open layout of the shop and Cafe area really do give it a “bigger” feel, and, as always, the views from the cafe are spectacular. If you are in North Berwick, don’t forget to drop in to the Centre, and if you are not already a member, please do join!”

Martin Whitfield MP said:

“The Scottish Seabird Centre is an important local visitor attraction and education facility. As well as its important local role, the Centre also has a well-deserved national reputation for its conservation activities.

“I’m pleased that the prestigious Centre is located here in East Lothian and welcomed the opportunity to meet Susan and chat to her about recent developments and its plans for the future, including next year’s 20th anniversary celebrations.”

Susan Davies, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said:

“We were delighted to host Martin and Iain for a visit at the Scottish Seabird Centre and to talk through our plans to develop our wider marine conservation, education, community activities for 2020-2025. 

“We were also able to show them around the first phase of our refurbishment and give an overview of the exciting changes ahead for our discovery experience later this year.

“Their ongoing support and encouragement for our activities is welcomed and much appreciated; especially as we approach our 20th anniversary in 2020.”