Clowning around for Puffin festival.
THE Lothians are to play host to Scotland's first Puffin Fest - a fun-packed celebration of the 'Clown of the Sea'.
The event aims to inspire visitors to learn more about Scotland's most popular seabird, while also highlighting the importance of conserving and protecting seabirds for future generations.
It will take place at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick from Friday 16 until Monday May 26.
The islands of the Firth of Forth, including Craigleith and the Isle of May, are home to around 90,000 puffins.
Over the last few years, they have suffered from lack of food, ferocious storms and flooded burrows. Many issues threatening them appear to be linked to climate change.
Tom Brock, chief executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: "Puffins are one of the world's favourite and most distinctive animals. Scotland's first ever Puffin Fest will celebrate their homecoming in an exciting 10 days of activities.
"It will be an opportunity for people to appreciate and understand the importance of looking after Scotland's rich variety of seabirds and marine life."