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February


Scottish Seabird Centre
'What's On' at the Scottish Seabird Centre
Puffin Club: Join us 2pm - 3pm weekends and holidays for fun make and take sessions.
5th-6th Feb 2pm-3pm: Happy Hibernation. We all need to snuggle up at this time of year but some animals stay asleep for the whole winter! They are now starting to wake up ready for a new year so make yourself a happy hibernating hedgehog to celebrate!
12th-19th, 21st Feb 2pm-3pm: Maximus the Gannet Hats. Try and spot the first gannets out on the Bass Rock including our very own Maximus the Gannet and make a lovely gannet hat.
26th-27th February 2pm-3pm: From Egg to Adult. Make a gannet life cycle wheel and see how a gannet grows from egg to adult.
1st-27th February: Nature Photography Exhibition 2010. Now in its fifth year the Nature Photography Exhibition 2010 showcases the shortlisted entries from this year's Scottish Seabird Centre competition. For further information visit www.seabird.org.
1st-28th February: Derek Braid Exhibition in the Picture Gallery. Local photographer Derek Braid exhibits his stunning panoramic prints in this new exhibition. Free admission.
11th February 2.00pm: Storytime by the Sea. Snuggle down for an afternoon of stories by the sea.
11th February 2pm-4pm: Wildlife Club - SSPCA. The SSPCA will be running games and activities with us this week.
16th February 10.30am: Walking with Birds - Aberlady Bay. Meet at the wooden bridge Car Park. Leader Eppie Sweeney 0131 445 4379/07528 334050.
19th February 10am: Walking with Birds - Ruddon's Point. Join the Scottish Seabird Centre Birdwatching Group and Edinburgh RSPB. For all enquiries, call Alan Gracie on 0131 652 0308.
20th February 2pm-4pm: Wild About Art - Diving Gannet Mobiles. Use scrap materials to make beautiful diving and spinning gannet mobiles. Drop-in workshop with Alchemy Arts. Suitable for ages 4+.
23rd February 10am: Walking with Birds - Scone. Join the Scottish Seabird Centre Birdwatching Group and Edinburgh RSPB at Scone. For all enquiries, call Alan Gracie on 0131 652 0308.
24th February 7pm: Isle of May Bird Observatory Evening Talk. The Isle May Bird Observatory has a fascinating history. Not only is it the first bird observatory in Scotland but also the oldest operating observatory in the UK and is still very much involved in migration studies. In this talk Niall Campbell, Treasurer of the Isle of May Bird Observatory and Field Station Trust, discusses the Observatory's history, as well as the work undertaken today and how knowledge of bird migration and behaviour is still developing. Tickets cost �5 (�4 for Seabird Centre members) and are available in advance from the Scottish Seabird Centre or by calling 01620 890202. Ticket sales will support the work of the Scottish Seabird Centre and the Isle of May Bird Observatory.
25th February 2pm - 4pm: Wildlife Club - Nest box building. It is time to be helping the garden birds find a home, so this week we will be Nest Box Building.
27th February 10am: Walking with Birds - Coach Trip - Montrose Basin. Join the Scottish Seabird Centre Birdwatching Group and Edinburgh RSPB. For all enquiries, call Alan Gracie on 0131 652 0308.
All activities are free with admission to the Discovery Centre, unless otherwise stated.
Please note we will make every effort to provide this programme, but operational issues or circumstances beyond our control may necessitate the cancellation, at short notice, or any part of it.
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 2nd, RNLI Chief Executive: Paul Boissier, The RNLI : An Insider's View
The RNLI is 186 years old, costs �380,000 a day to run, builds boats and saves a life a day Paul Boisser the RNLI's eminent chief executive will tell us something of the inside story. Paul has had an extensive naval career after first graduating as an engineer from Cambridge. He has commanded submarines and frigates, managed three naval dockyards; and if that's not enough, once qualified as a Guinness brewer. He became Chief Executive of the RNLI in 2009. Paul sails his own boat Snow Goose with his wife Susie. He has written a book on the "rules of the road", and for 3 years was Commodore of the Royal Naval Sailing Association. He is a Younger Brother of Trinity House. This should be a most memorable meeting and an opportunity to meet and listen to a most distinguished speaker.
Wednesday February 9th, Sam Llewellyn, How to Write a Sea Story
Prolific author, accomplished sailor and frequent columnist in sailing magazines, Sam returns to entertain us with his humorous insight on the world and maritime matters. Sam has had in excess of twenty five books published, often with maritime themes. They include thrillers, children's stories and historical accounts. In March this year he will begin publishing a new type of sea journal "The Maritime Quarterly" which, whilst rich in stories about the sea, will also promote those authors that know "how to tell a good story well". Sam believes that writing and telling stories is the summit of human achievement and aims to convince us with this, doubtless entertaining, talk. This is an opportunity for sailors to listen again to a well known and particularly amusing writer. It is also an opportunity for those interested in writing to meet an established wordsmith and glean a little from his extensive experience. Do come along, it should be a wonderful evening.
Wednesday February 16th, Philip and Phyl Cook, Europe's Waterways - Down the Danube
Philip & Phyl Cook designed and project managed the building of their 21m motor boat, Zingara, specifically to explore the European waterways and take her to the Black Sea via the rivers Rhine, Main and Danube. They started their voyage from France in the spring of '08 and left their boat in Romania for that winter. They had hoped to return to Western Europe via the Ukraine, Belarus and Poland but were refused entry. Not wanting to retrace their steps and despite Phyl's increasing dislike of sea crossings, they returned via the Mediterranean in 2009. After a lifetime of sailing including the Atlantic and Pacific, this voyage proved to be an experience that neither would have missed - but not necessarily one that they would repeat!
Wednesday February 23rd, David Horn and Rob Johnstone, Cruising the Western Isles
Club members David and Rob talk about the people, ships and places (not to mention the weather) they encountered whilst attempting to reach the lonely island of St Kilda in 2010. They have visited the Hebrides several times and are now considered to be the club experts on this wonderful cruising area. Whether or not you are inspired to follow them, or just want to hear their yarns and see their photographs, it should be a great evening.

Scudamore's Punting Company
www.punting.co.uk
We will be running some special Valentine's tours for couples, including a long-stemmed rose. The tours will last 30 minutes and cost from �65. Tours will run between Friday 11th and Monday 14th February and must be pre-booked at least 48 hours in advance. Tours can be booked to depart any time during each day's opening hours. For more information see http://www.scudamores.com/punting/events/valentine.php

Arrow Yacht Enterprises
www.sail-help.co.uk
November Mailsplat
I still have spaces on a Day Skipper theory course in Cheltenham. I run these over three weekends, one a month, over three months. The dates are:
22/3 November, 18/19 December, 22/3 January.
The advantage of this programme is you do not have to spend time sweating over your homework, exercises and background reading during a concentrated course, but can spread all this out over four weeks in between each weekend.
I also have spaces on a Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore theory course, to be run in Cheltenham during these dates:
5/6 November, 11/12 December, 8/9 January.
I am running a Short Range Radio Certificate course on 14th November in Lymington.
Anyone for Astro navigation? My next course, is to be run in Southampton from 29th November to 3rd December.
I am running a practical Yachtmaster (both Coastal and Offshore) preparation course from 20th - 25th February.
Anyone interested in a 600 mile + passage? I plan to run one of these, when charter rates are less expensive, either in January of February. Cost �400 all in for 7 days. Good for those seeking their Yachtmaster Ocean ticket and those who want to learn how to sail offshore and see how a boat is organised over long distances. I do need to have a crew of five for this to be feasible.
Own Boat Tuition: Fancy a bit of revision on practical or theory skills? Email me for winter rates; returners earn a discount.



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