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Bass Rock is a small, privately owned island off the east coast of Scotland in the outer Firth of Forth. It is famous for its gannetry and the Northern Gannet's scientific name Sula bassana refers to this island.
This 90m volcanic rock is home to more than 10,000 pairs of Northern Gannet which now breed on the sloping summit of the island having outgrown the cliffs. Other breeding species include Northern Fulmar and Shag, Kittiwake, Common Guillemot, Razorbill and Atlantic Puffin.
Birds you can see here include:
Northern Fulmar, Northern Gannet, European Shag, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin, Rock Dove, Peregrine Falcon, Rock Pipit
History and Use
Areas of Interest
Craigleith is a nearby island with a similar range of breeding species but no gannets.
Access, Facilities, and Contact Details
There are daily boat trips to Bass Rock during the summer, weather permitting, from North Berwick, contact Fred Marr, Tel. North Berwick 2838, for details. To land on the island contact the Scottish Ornithologist's Club, 21 Regent Terrace, Edinburgh EH8 5BT.
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