Episode 24: Darwin200 visits Bass Rock (world’s largest breeding colony of northern gannets)
The Darwin200 team was honoured to visit Bass Rock, in the Firth of Forth, thanks to the Scottish Seabird Centre and Sir Hew Dalrymple.
Bass Rock is one of Europe’s most important seabird breeding centres. It is home to the world’s largest population of northern gannets (over 150,000 birds)!
We explore the surface of the island amongst the vast numbers of nesting gannets.
Unfortunately, plastic is a big threat to gannets and other seabirds. Conservationist Maggie Sheddan, of the Scottish Seabird Centre, spots a gannet entangled in plastic and rescues the poor bird!
Maggie also explains several of the conservation issues afflicting the sea birds, and the threats to their survival.
We also explore several historic ruins on Bass Rock, including an 18th century castle and a monastery. The island was used by hermits, monks and later, as a gaol in which the worst prisoners in the land were once locked up!