Puffin Fest launches at Scottish Seabird Centre

Puffins on the Isle of May. Picture: Lorne Gill/SNH
Puffins on the Isle of May. Picture: Lorne Gill/SNH
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IT is all about having fun – while also learning about the wonders of the humble puffin.

Puffin Fest launches today at the Scottish Seabird Centre, in North Berwick, offering ten days of family-friendly events, all of which highlight the importance of protecting the seabird for future generations.

Puffin Fest returns at the Scottish Seabird Centre. Picture: Rob McDougall

Puffin Fest returns at the Scottish Seabird Centre. Picture: Rob McDougall

These include a 30-minute puffin-spotting cruise to Craigleith, interactive cameras monitoring the seabirds on the Isle of May, Fidra, and Craigleith, and crafts and science events.

To celebrate the festival, the Edinburgh Sketcher created a puffin drawing for school children to colour in, prompting 320 entries from across the Lothians.

The winner was 11-year-old Finlay McKenzie, from Ormiston Primary School, who has been chosen to officially open the festival along with the North Berwick Pipe Band.

Finlay said: “It’s very exciting and it will be an honour to open the festival. I have a big interest in nature and I can’t get enough of it. I hope that everyone has lots of fun and that the puffins enjoy themselves, too.”

I have a big interest in nature and I can’t get enough of it. I hope that everyone has lots of fun and that the puffins enjoy themselves, too.

Finlay McKenzie

The Edinburgh Sketcher added: “I’m so pleased that so many children took part in the Puffin Fest colouring competition. The standard was very good – there are plenty of future sketchers out there. Finlay’s entry instantly caught my eye. There is some lovely subtle shading and the creation of a very effective sunset. I like, too, that the puffins are reflecting the sunlight, great attention to detail.”

For festival details, including opening times, costs, dressing up as a penguin and gaining free entry by building a puffin from Lego, visit www.seabird.org or call 01620 890202.

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Hundreds of children entered a special colouring competition, designed by Edinburgh Sketcher. Picture: supplied

Hundreds of children entered a special colouring competition, designed by Edinburgh Sketcher. Picture: supplied

The Edinburgh Sketcher picks the winning poster design. Picture: contributed

The Edinburgh Sketcher picks the winning poster design. Picture: contributed

Finlay McKenzie won the competition, and will officially open Puffin Fest. Picture: contributed

Finlay McKenzie won the competition, and will officially open Puffin Fest. Picture: contributed

Lego puffins. Picture: Steve Cox

Lego puffins. Picture: Steve Cox

A puffling. Picture: Scottish Seabird Centre

A puffling. Picture: Scottish Seabird Centre