Dr Bryan Nelson Memorial Lecture

As a tribute to the late Dr Bryan Nelson, the Scottish Seabird Centre and RSPB Scotland are to jointly host a memorial lecture within Edinburgh Napier's Craiglockhart campus.

Start date and time

Thursday 6 October 2016 7:30 PM

to Thursday 6 October 2016 9:00 PM

Event cost


The late Dr Bryan Nelson spent his life working to better understand and conserve seabirds. He was a great supporter of the Scottish Seabird Centre from its inception and served as a Trustee until shortly before he died in 2015.

As the world’s greatest authority on the Northern gannet (and other seabird species) he provided valuable advice and encouragement to the Centre.

He and his wife, June, famously spent three years in the 1960s living in a small hut on the Bass Rock where his pioneering research work helped to unravel the fascinating life history of Britain’s largest seabird. Bryan was a great communicator and loved to inform and enthuse his students at Aberdeen University as well as the wider public in the many talks he gave about seabirds.

Bryan also carried out important research on seabirds in the Galapagos and later he almost single-handedly saved the very rare Abbots Booby (a relation of the gannet) which is only found on Christmas Island in the Pacific and was in danger of becoming extinct because large scale phosphate mining was removing the forest in which it nested. Bryan’s research and campaigning eventually ensured the protection of most of the remaining forest and the future of this extraordinary bird.

It is fitting that this lecture will be given by another well-known seabird biologist, Mike Harris, and will be on the subject of ‘The Puffin: Past, Present and Future’.

Mike is well-known for his research on the Isle of May and elsewhere. His talk will address the issues affecting puffins, with particular emphasis on the North Sea and the threats faced there by puffins and other seabirds.

Tickets are available through the link below or by calling 01620 890202.

Craighlockhart Campus

Edinburgh Napier University
Colinton Road
EH14 1DJ