Gannet on Bass Rock

© Gareth Easton

The Bass Rock gannets have been spotted around the Firth of Forth and staff at the Scottish Seabird Centre are appealing to visitors to keep an eye out for the gannets landing. Gannet Watch is a very popular time in the Discovery Centre as visitors control the interactive cameras and zoom in on the world-famous Bass Rock, the largest single island gannet colony in the world, without disturbing the bird and marine life in any way.

A mere 4km (2.5m) from North Berwick, the Bass Rock is home to gannets until late October, with more than 150,000 on the Rock in mid-summer. The first sighting will mark the start of the nesting season on the Firth of Forth islands and over the coming months there will be around 500,000 seabirds in the area, including puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, shags and terns.

Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, explained that Gannet Watch was “a very exciting time at the Centre with visitors competing to be crowned the champion. Seeing the first gannet land is a real honour – last year it was on 18 February and on the 15 February in 2011, so I would recommend the Discovery Centre as a must-visit attraction during the February half-term.”

The visitor who is the first to spot the gannets on the Discovery Centre cameras will win a treat from the Centre’s popular gift shop.