The Dunbar Harbour Trust issues a regular newsletter with the latest soundbites from the website and announcements of upcoming events and activities. You can receive the newsletter in your email box by enterering your best email on the right of this page.


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Locked down, down in the mouth, up in the hills, but yearning to be in Dunbar:
It's quite a while
since we had the pleasure
to be at Dunbar Harbour
looking out on
the lovely boats
the castle 
the seals
birds all dancing on the sea.
And talking to the people
But some day when
as soon as sensible
they'll let us leave the hill lands
allow return.
Oh just to be there
down at the harbour!
Best wishes meanwhile
from us to whomever,
 Poem by Mr. Anon and photo by Mrs. Anon.
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Several days of crisp snow meant many visitors came to the harbour. It's unusual to see snow lasting so long down here.

Jeff Carter took this unusual shot of the Creel Loaders.

Photo 2 by Kenny Maule, Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2 of The Battery in the snow.

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Our local geese have been busy filling our skies. It gets so crowded up there they have to honk to keep the others out of their way, according to a friend who knows nothing about geese!

Aberlady's Website, "Nearby Aberlady Bay is a famous night-time roost for these pink-footed geese (above) in September and October, and they can regularly be seen moving off the bay at dawn to feed in the surrounding fields and returning there at dusk in huge numbers. They have migrated from Iceland and Greenland and some stay for the winter while others move further south into England. Over 20,000 geese pass through Aberlady.  Most of the geese that stop off at Aberlady are Pink-footed geese, but in amongst the huge flocks are Barnacle, Brent, Greylag and even the odd Snow goose."

Website for info: Aberlady birds    Photo by ELC Ranger.

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The harbour's McArthur’s Store recently featured in a program, ‘Beyond Burns’, shown on BBC Scotland on Sunday 24th.

A poetry reading, featuring Makar Jackie Kay and Edinburgh-based poet Hannah Lavery, was filmed in our atmospheric fishermen's stores, see photo above.

The program contains some strong language, even by our harbour standards. It is still available on iPlayer BBC Scotland, ‘Beyond Burns’. “Goan hae a wee gander”.

Photos from BBC Scotland. Photo 1 has Hannah Lavery on the right-side. Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2 of Makar Jackie Kay.

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During these winter days it’s super to see fabulous views of Dunbar Harbour and our stunning coastline.  ‘Centre of Gravity’ has created this video of his microlight flight, remember to click SUBSCRIBE:

Video link:  Centre of Gravity

Photos from ‘Centre of Gravity’

For Sarah Curtis's great airborne shot of the Bass Rock in the passing mist, click <<READ MORE>>

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Harbour Master Quentin takes a glorious opportunity each summer to keep his skipper’s and yachtmaster’s qualifications up-to-date. Far from Dunbar he sails upon an uncrowded sea and among Scotland's unforgettable isles. You can sail with him as a citizen-scientist, see: https://hwdt.org/silurian

“The Hebridean Whale Trail is a network of fantastic whale-watching and whale-heritage sites across the west coast of Scotland that showcases the amazing wildlife, landscapes and history that make this area so special. The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) https://hwdt.org/ is a marine conservation charity that takes action through a unique programme of community-based research and education. This two-pronged approach ignites strong, local, stewardship and supports meaningful change for the conservation of Hebridean cetaceans and marine life.

We are change agents; 

  • Conducting the research that underpins the future safeguarding of whales, dolphins and porpoises. 
  • Training up volunteers to become citizen scientists on our research boat trips as well through our sighting networks.
  • We also provide educational experiences in our dedicated Discovery Centre, on our boat Silurian and by visiting schools around the whole of the Hebrides.“

One Of Quentin's citizen-scientist passengers, David de la Haye, shares his astonishing underwater sounds with Scotland Outdoors: The Underwater World of Sonic Explorer David de la Haye. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08rk6nc 

Have a listen to David's remarkable recordings of seal harems howling, underwater vocalizations by hydrophone, seals clapping their flippers, bizarre sounds of shrimps, dolphins communicating, birds, surf, and much more. It will open your ears to weird, ethereal and beautiful sounds.

Note: The yacht’s name Silurian refers to marine fossils commonly found throughout the Silurian period which include trilobites, graptolites, conodonts, corals, stromatoporoids, and mollusks. So now you know!

Photos from the HWDT website. Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2

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Robin Hamilton’s Bridge Report:

McScott Bond MSB together with McTaggart Scott MTS, their sister company, carried out the annual service on the lifting bridge on Wed. 6th Jan. The key contact from MSB is retiring shortly and it has been agreed MTS will take over service and repairs in future subject to a satisfactory performance. 

Following the service of the bridge, hydraulic pumps, electric control, rams, pivots, gearing etc. the contractor has recommended further operational advice is needed for bridge users on the best method of raising/ lowering the bridge.

"Dinnae touch yon control buttons while A'm doon here, noo." Photo by Kenny Maule

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UK supermarkets generate 800,000 tonnes of plastic each year. A truckload of plastic ends up in our oceans every minute. Let's make sure the ocean of the future is filled with fish, not plastic. Please watch and share the Oceans of the Future video - https://act.gp/2HguJ9T

From Greenpeace: “I’ve just signed a petition calling on UK supermarkets to go plastic-free, and it would mean a lot to me if you’d add your name too! From turtles entangled in six-pack rings to whales with stomachs full of plastic bags, the effects of plastic pollution can be devastating. UK supermarket Iceland has announced its own-brand packaging is going plastic-free. By ditching plastic packaging, supermarkets have the power to lead the way in dramatically reducing the amount of single-use plastic produced. Please join me in calling on UK supermarkets to ditch throwaway plastic packaging.”

Please sign the petition >> https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/plastic-free-supermarket-ef

Photo from Greenpeace

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At the end of March 2021 there will be seven vacancies with three Directors seeking re-election.
Closing date for applications is 12th March 2021.

Dunbar Harbour Trust is a charitable body charged with running and developing the harbour for the benefit of its users and the wider community. The Trust supports equality of opportunity. The board is seeking to appoint individuals with a keen interest in Dunbar Harbour and its surrounding areas who feel they could make a contribution to help care for, and utilise, this important property. Applicants with a legal background, or specific skills in project management, engineering, surveying, fundraising or accountancy will be assets to the Board. These positions are voluntary and are normally for an initial period of three years.  

How to apply, first read: http://www.dunbarharbourtrust.co.uk/index.php/about/information-for-candidates/730-information-for-candidates-prov-2

then the APPLICATION FORM:  Application Form for Candidates 2021-1 --  complete in dark ink. 

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Callum Thomson’s creels are impressively  lined up. There’s 240 creels in this photo. Callum transported them from Aberdeen, in total he has 600 --- not bad for a one-man operation.

In the industry the trend generally nowadays is to buy pre-made creels, with metal wire inside plastic tubing. Some of you will remember traditional creels made from willow withies on wooden bases. 

Callum’s boat, ‘Boy Owen’, is currently on the hard in Cromwell being fitted with her new engine and a new cabin, for a planned relaunch around Easter and then putting out the creels after the big winter swells have ended.

Photos by Kenny Maule.   Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2, ‘Boy Owen’.

Have any questions? Give us a call 01368 865 404