Martin Whitfield MSP has visited the Scottish Seabird Centre for a briefing on some of its current challenges and opportunities.
He met with the charity’s Chief Executive, Susan Davies, and members of her team to discuss various topical matters and given a tour of the Centre.
Among the issues discussed were the Centre’s recovery from Covid, the expansion of its outreach and education programme and its role as a community hub in the Restoration Forth project to restore seagrass in the Firth of Forth.
The ongoing impact of climate change and Avian Flu on Scotland’s seabird populations were also raised.
Speaking after the visit, Martin Whitfield MSP said:
“The Scottish Seabird Centre is an outstanding conservation and education charity and I welcomed this opportunity to discuss its latest developments and challenges.
“I was particularly interested to learn more about the exciting Restoration Forth seagrass project the Centre is working on with other charities, community groups and scientists, as well as catching up on its excellent educational work.”
Susan Davies, CEO Scottish Seabird Centre said:
“We were delighted to have a conversation about how we use our Centre to support our marine conservation, education and outreach activities.
“Given the pressing need to tackle the twin challenges of climate change and nature loss increasing ocean literacy has never been more important and we are well placed to help do that.”