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Photo by Reels
Gannets Galore


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.


Notable Species

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

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

Gannets on Bass Rock
Photo by Ullaval

History and Use

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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.

External Links

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Content and images originally posted by Steve