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Scotland’s Seabirds Need Your Help: Avian Flu Appeal from Scottish Seabird Centre

Help the Scottish Seabird Centre assess the impacts of Avian flu on internationally important seabird colonies in the Firth of Forth.

The Scottish Seabird Centre needs your help to respond to the devastating impacts of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) on internationally important seabird colonies in the Firth of Forth, including the worlds largest Northern gannet colony on the Bass Rock.

Summer should be peak breeding season for Scotlands seabirds. Instead, we received the news that HPAI has reached the worlds largest Northern gannet colony on the Bass Rock, East Lothian. This is a prolonged and severe outbreak leading to unprecedented levels of mortality in these spectacular seabirds. It’s a worrying time.

Your donation will help pay for this essential survey work, to assess the scale and impact of the disease on the Bass Rock, learn from its effects and monitor recovery in future years. On islands such as Craigleith and the Lamb it will help us establish an early detection method for threats to our seabirds, including diseases and/or invasive species, enabling us to respond quickly.

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Please consider giving whatever you can afford to help us learn from this situation and support our seabird colonies to recover for the future.

Any funds raised above the target will support our continuing conservation activities and research on local islands that help increase the resilience of seabird colonies to human pressures

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