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    SOC/BTO Scotland Youth Events Programme: The Gannet



24 November 2021


Free event


7.30pm, 'doors open' from 7.15pm



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Events for young people in Scotland

The SOC and BTO Scotland are excited to launch a new series of free, monthly events for people under 30.

Delivered on Zoom, attendees will enjoy a diverse programme of interactive online workshops and talks from some of Scotland’s top ornithologists, naturalists and creatives.

| Talks | Q & A |

The Gannet is one of our most iconic seabirds, with over half the world’s population breeding in Scotland. At this online event, Marine Engagement Officer, Charlotte Foster, will introduce us to the bird itself – its identification and lifestyle. St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve Ranger Ciaran Hatsell will also tell us the intriguing story of the first ever Gannet chicks to fledge from the reserve – a result of ‘overspill’ from the crowded Bass Rock. You'll hear from Maggie Sheddan, Bass Rock Guide and Caretaker for almost 20 years, plus Jude Lane from the University of Leeds who tracks gannets using bio-loggers to reveal details about adult foraging behaviour and juvenile dispersal. A truly terrific line-up celebrating one of our most magnificent species!


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Charlotte Foster, Marine Engagement Officer, Scottish Seabird Centre

Charlotte Foster, Marine Engagement Officer, Scottish Seabird Centre

Charlotte is Marine Engagement Officer for the Scottish Seabird Centre. Charlotte joined the team in 2019 having come from a background in marine science, environmental education and citizen science. After graduating in Marine Zoology from Newcastle University, she gained experience in marine mammal research with the Center for Whale Research, USA, before becoming Visitor Engagement Volunteer with Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Scotland. From there, she continued to follow her passions and pursue jobs in environmental education and science communication, taking-up roles such as Tutor with the Field Studies Council and Field Assistant with the national citizen science project ‘Capturing our Coast’. Her love of marine science also took her abroad for volunteering opportunities with research projects in Australia and New Zealand.
Ciaran Hatsell, Ranger, St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve

Ciaran Hatsell, Ranger, St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve

Ciaran is a Ranger for the National Trust for Scotland at St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve. He has worked with seabirds for ten years and has been lucky enough to live and work in some amazing locations around the UK, such as the Farne Islands, Fair Isle and St Kilda. Ciaran's job at St Abb’s involves counting and monitoring the seabirds and other wildlife, as well as managing and protecting this special place for the future.
Jude Lane, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Leeds

Jude Lane, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Leeds

Jude is interested in the potential impacts of renewable energy infrastructure on seabird populations. Her PhD and post-doc at the University of Leeds investigated the three-dimensional foraging behaviour of northern gannets on the Bass Rock. Jude estimated flight heights and spatial distribution of adults raising chicks, investigated the effects of weather on behaviour at sea and estimated the potential impacts to the population posed by collision with offshore wind farm turbines. Recently she has been investigating post-fledging movements of juvenile gannets and undertaking analysis of adult foraging and survival prior to the first large wind farm in the Firth of Forth becoming operational.

Maggie Sheddan, Bass Rock Guide and Caretaker



SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.