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Bass Rock Reserve
Bass Rock Reserve

Bass Rock Reserve

The Bass Rock off the coast of North Berwick is described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the wildlife wonders of the world”.

The Bass Rock off the coast of North Berwick is described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the wildlife wonders of the world”. Gleaming brilliant white, the rock is home to over 150,000 gannets, the biggest island colony in the world with nests spreading out from the cliffs to cover almost every inch of available space. Gannets mate for life, they return to the Bass in February, laying their eggs from mid May. The young do not leave the nest until September-October. From 1400 this isolated island was used as a prison, conditions being particularly gruesome for the Covenanters incarcerated there in the late 18th century.Boat trips operate from March to October, leaving from North Berwick around the islands. There are two main operators Sula II on 01620 892838 and Seabird Seafaris on 01620 890202. See www.seabird.org for more info. The Scottish Seabird Centre has exclusive landing rights to the Bass Rock and also operates landing trips twice a week throughout the summer. Advance booking is recommended on 01620 890202 or visit www.seabird.org to check availability.

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