THE Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick has closed its doors due to the coronavirus outbreak – one of the last major attractions in the county to make such a move.

The closure came into effect yesterday (Thursday) and it is not known how long it will last.

In a statement, Susan Davies, chief executive of the Seabird Centre, said: “In view of the latest Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland advice, it is with regret that we have to advise our members and visitors that the Scottish Seabird Centre is closing its doors for the time-being.

"The safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors is of paramount importance to us at this time.

“We are immensely grateful for all the kind words and offers of support we have received since reopening our newly refreshed Discovery Experience and Learning Hub last year.

“Many visitors who have dropped in over the last few days have also told us just how much they also enjoy coming into the centre to socialise. We are sorry that we cannot continue to offer our services just now.

“Your continued support has meant a lot to our dedicated frontline staff team, at this uncertain time, and importantly has helped support the conservation and education work that charity delivers.

“During the closure of our visitor centre, our dedicated team will continue to work behind the scenes on project resources, new interactives and to offer new digital resources for members and participants in our activities and events.

“We will keep you up to date with these as they become available via our social media channels. We are also exploring options for appropriate outdoor activities and flexible use of our café and gift shop whilst closed.

“If you have any queries please do get in touch via or by calling the office 01620 890202 and leaving a voice message. One of the team will get back to you, although it may take a little longer than usual.

“We will continue to closely monitor the official advice and will keep you updated on our position through our social media channels and website.

“We hope to be able to welcome you back in the near future. In the meantime please stay safe and well.”

Some of the county’s other big attractions, including several museums and historic castles, announced their closures earlier this week.