Scotland’s first ever Puffin Fest is landing at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick and you can join in the fun with our exciting competition.
The event runs from May 16-26 and, working in partnership with Gilsland Caravan Park and the Scottish Seabird Centre, we would like to offer a family of two adults and up to four children the chance to attend the festival, enjoy a trip on the Puffin Express boat, lunch in the Seabird Café, a puffin goodie bag from the gift shop, plus an overnight stay with Gilsland.
Scotland’s much-loved puffins are currently clearing out their burrows ready for the new breeding season. The islands of the Firth of Forth, including Craigleith, Fidra and the Isle of May, are home to around 90,000 puffins.
Puffin Fest aims to inspire both locals and visitors alike to learn more about Scotland’s most popular seabird, while also highlighting the importance of conserving and protecting our seabirds for future generations.
Over the last few years, puffins have suffered from lack of food, ferocious storms and flooded burrows: in addition, an invasive alien plant decimated puffin populations on islands just offshore from North Berwick. Many of these issues appear to be linked to climate change.
Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “Puffins are one of the world’s favourite and most distinctive animals. Scotland’s first ever Puffin Fest will celebrate their homecoming in an exciting 10 days of activities.”
The event will offer opportunities to spot puffins in their natural habitat via specially commissioned Puffin Express boat trips, as well as using the Discovery Centre’s amazing interactive live cameras which are controlled by visitors. There will be a wide range of events including a Puffin Trail through the Centre; Puffin Picnics and Parties; arts, crafts and storytelling activities for all ages; plus the chance to meet wildlife experts who will share insights into the life of this distinctive seabird. While visiting North Bewick you will stay at Gilsland Park. The holiday park offers the perfect home from home experience, having established the strongest family links over the four generations it has been run by the Macnair family. This relaxed and friendly park is ideally located on the western outskirts of North Berwick, and is within easy walking distance from the town centre, harbour and beaches.
There’s plenty of grassy space for children to enjoy the freedom to play and the sense of a peaceful retreat where you can relax and recharge your batteries.
There is a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes at Gilsland Park, from the cute and cosy Camping Cabins, to modern Holiday Homes and, new for 2014, the luxurious Puffin Lodge with Hot Tub.
North Berwick itself is a charming coastal town with lots to entertain the whole family, whether it is wildlife spotting, walking, golfing, beach combing, cycling or simply meandering in out of the lovely shops and cafes down town.
To enter the competition, answer the following question:
Name three of the islands in the Firth of Forth which are home to puffins?
Send your entry, including your name, address, postcode, and daytime telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than noon on Tuesday, May 6.
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z Transport and additional expenses not included
z Prize is for one night’s stay at Gilsland Park – either in Puffin Lodge or a family caravan. This is for two adults and up to four children
z Prize enables the winners to get access to the Puffin Fest across two consecutive days
z Lunch will be available in the Seabird Café on one date
z A goodie bag of puffin treats will be provided from the gift shop
z A trip on board the Puffin Express will be provided – please note this is subject to weather and sea conditions. This will need to be booked in advance
z No cash alternative
z The prize is non-transferable
z Prize to be taken between May 16 and 26, 2014.