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New Island Experience

Scottish Seabird Centre partnership…

Puffins parading outside burrows or whirring overhead; cliffs and stacks alive with guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars and shags; on the ground nesting eiders incubating their clutch – visitors to the Scottish Seabird Centre can experience it all on a new boat trip being launched for 2012.

The Isle of May photography trips will start on 11 April 2012: an internationally renowned seabird island, the largest east coast puffin colony in Britain, the Isle of May is a National Nature Reserve, owned and managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

The island is a photographer’s dream and amateur and professional photographers alike will have the opportunity to travel to the island to capture some of Scotland’s most striking wildlife wonders: the group will be led at all times by an expert guide who will advise on the best locations to capture iconic images and to ensure the wildlife is undisturbed.Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “The Isle of May trips that we hosted in 2011 proved incredibly popular and we were keen to develop this for 2012. The specialist photographic trips have been established in partnership with our Seabird Seafari team and Scottish Natural Heritage to ensure the best possible visitor experience. The boat will also pass the Bass Rock en-route, with the chance to witness the 150,000 gannets that call this amazing location home for a large part of the year.”

David Pickett, SNH’s Isle of May Reserve Manager, said: “The Isle of May is an incredible place with different wildlife throughout the seasons: it’s home to the oldest Scottish bird observatory and for over 30 years the island has been an important seabird research station. Amateur and professional photographers alike will have three hours on the island for these specialist trips, led at all times by an expert guide and it will be a fantastic opportunity to really get up close and personal with what is some of the most spectacular wildlife in the region.”Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “The Isle of May trips that we hosted in 2011 proved incredibly popular and we were keen to develop this for 2012. The specialist photographic trips have been established in partnership with our Seabird Seafari team and Scottish Natural Heritage to ensure the best possible visitor experience. The boat will also pass the Bass Rock en-route, with the chance to witness the 150,000 gannets that call this amazing location home for a large part of the year.”

David Pickett, SNH’s Isle of May Reserve Manager, said: “The Isle of May is an incredible place with different wildlife throughout the seasons: it’s home to the oldest Scottish bird observatory and for over 30 years the island has been an important seabird research station. Amateur and professional photographers alike will have three hours on the island for these specialist trips, led at all times by an expert guide and it will be a fantastic opportunity to really get up close and personal with what is some of the most spectacular wildlife in the region.”

4th July 2014