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February


Scottish Seabird Centre
'What's On' at the Scottish Seabird Centre
Weekends and holidays: Puffin Club. Join us 2pm - 3pm weekends and holidays for fun make and take sessions.
6th - 7th February: Oystercatcher Finger Puppets. Make your own oystercatcher finger puppets to take home and keep.
13th February: Diving Gannet Flick Books. See the gannet dive for fish in your very own flick book.
14th February: Valentine Heart Fish. Make a Valentine's heart fish for someone special.
15th - 19th February: Gannet Food Chain Mobiles. Who eats who? Make a mobile that will help you figure out the food chain.
20th February: Gannet Finger Puppets. Make yourself a fun friendly finger puppet.
27th - 28th February: Gannet Life Cycle Wheels. Find out more about the life of a gannet from egg to adult.
1st - 28th February: Nature Photography Exhibition 2009. Now in its fourth year the Nature Photography Exhibition 2009 showcases the top 100 short listed entries from this year's competition. View these stunning photographs and vote for your favourites. For further information about the competition and exhibition please visit www.seabird.org.
1st - 28th February: Charlotte Cadzow Exhibition in the Picture Gallery. Local artist Charlotte Cadzow displays new work exploring the sea and the local surroundings.
5th February 2.30pm: Storytime by the Sea - Snuggle down for an afternoon of stories by the sea.
10th February: Walking with Birds - Aberlady. Meet at the Aberlady Nature Reserve Car Park 10.30am. Contact Lesley on 01875 815142 for details.
21st February 2pm - 4pm: Wild About Art - Diving Gannet Gliders. Create your own gannet glider to fly and dive just like the gannets on the Bass Rock. Made from household scrap materials with Alchemy Arts.
24th February: RSPB Walking with Birds - Skateraw. Contact Alan Gracie on 0131 652 0308 for further information.
28th February: Walking with Birds - Early Birds. Meet at the Scottish Seabird Centre entrance at 9am. Contact Maggie Sheddan on 07709 505133.
Become a member and enjoy these activities free and much more. Further information can be found at www.seabird.org.
The Scottish Seabird Centre is a charity dedicated to inspiring people to care for wildlife and the natural environment. Charity number SC025837.

GXSA (Gerrards Cross Sailing Association)
www.gxsa.org.uk
Wednesday February 3rd, Dr Isabelle Ansorge, Oceanography of the Southern Ocean
Isabelle is coming from Cape Town, where she is a senior lecturer in Physical Oceanography at the University, specifically to talk to us. We are very privileged. Her father's persuasion must have helped. He is Wolfgang Ansorge who is long standing member GXSA, and has himself given us memorable talks. Isabelle specialises in understanding the currents of the Southern and Indian Oceans, and has for the past 16 years taken part in many long research voyages on surveying vessels and ice breakers of several countries. Internationally, she is well known and has lectured widely in many countries including Japan, Australia, Argentina and most recently Corsica. Her research of course is fascinating, and crucially important as we struggle to understand the mysteries and implications of climate change. It has also been very adventurous. She has experienced horrendous weather, been in sea rescues and visited some of the world's most remote islands as well as Antarctica. In the short time she has with us, she will endeavour to give us an insight into her exciting field of study and the current thinking as to what the future might hold for all of us. It will be a wonderful evening.
Wednesday February 10th, Richard Woodman, The Merchant Navy in the battle for the North Atlantic
Richard is a well known English novelist and naval historian with a distinguished merchant navy career, latterly at Trinity House where he was one time master of the 2,500 ton Patricia responsible for the maintenance of lighthouses, lightships and buoys around England, Wales and the Channel Islands. This led to his election as an Elder of the Brethren of Trinity House. He is a noted naval historian and it was his early interest in this subject that led to the creation of his naval hero from the Napoleonic period, Nathaniel Drinkwater, writing some fourteen novels of his exploits, originally to relieve the quieter moments on board the Patricia. He believes that with these, other fictional books concerning James Dunbar and William Kite, and non-fiction works on second world war naval encounters he has had over fifty published volumes to his credit. That he is a highly experienced and keen yachtsman goes without saying. Richard is visiting us for the third time. We are honoured and privileged to have such a distinguished speaker again; it will be a great evening. Do come along.
Wednesday February 17th, David Cusworth, Clipper Round The World Yacht Race
"One circumnavigation, 10 ocean racing yachts, 40,000 miles, 15 races, 13 countries. And it's raced by people like you!"
A chance to do it is a thought we all have; few are brave enough to act. Those that have are now competing in the challenge of a lifetime as the Clipper 2009-10, the seventh Clipper Round the World Yacht Race battles its way across the oceans. In 2011, the race departs the UK on a new 40,000 mile route and once again those from wide-ranging backgrounds - taxi drivers, students, housewives, CEOs and structural engineers - will be crewing the ten 68-foot stripped down ocean racing fleet. Established, by legendry yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Clipper has raced more miles, created more circumnavigators and raced through every major ocean than any other event. It has had its fair share of drama and excitement. Clipper 2011-12 will go deeper into the Southern Ocean, cover even more miles and break new records. Fancy a trip of a lifetime, or just a change from another boring day at the office? Come along, be inspired by David, and see what it is all about.
Wednesday February 24th, Bernie Smallman and John Dawson, The Italian Connection - from Malta to Nice
John and Bernie, longstanding members of GXSA tell of their first real trip in "Burnadebt", sailing from Malta to Nice to get a new mast. This was before a major refit for their Atlantic crossing, and so she was effectively still a charter boat. They talk of their adventures as they go to Sicily and up the coast of Italy, seeing volcanoes, whales, whirlpools, ancient cities and a spot of dolce vita. In fact a small odyssey in their Jeanneau "Sun Odyssey". As a coda, a sail to Venice. John and Bernie's talks are always informative and inspirational with lots of interesting photos. Do come along, it will be a good evening.




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