Donate to the SOC

Donate to the SOC








Chances are if you’re reading this page then you may already support the SOC and the Club’s work in one form or another whether it’s submitting your records of Scotland’s wonderful bird life, buying your bird food from Waterston House, giving us your time as a volunteer or holding a membership to the SOC.
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The Club is an organisation built and led by volunteers. With only two full-time and a handful of part-time staff, we are a small charity but we’re working hard to fulfil the SOC’s overarching aim of promoting the study, enjoyment, recording and conservation of wild birds and their habitats across Scotland. Find out more about the Club’s remit and what we do, here.

Some of the ways your donation will be used:

To encourage and develop a future generation of young naturalists

SOC is mindful of the seemingly widening gap between young people and nature conservation. With a range of competing attractions and interests accessible at the click of a mouse, or the touch of a screen, our organisation realises that we need to work harder and smarter to develop exciting and innovative ways to encourage and engage young naturalists to ensure that in the years to come, there will be another generation of birdwatchers recording, conserving and speaking up for Scotland’s birds. Much of the Club’s ongoing development work is geared toward this.Ring Ouzel graphic


To advance ornithological research and conservation

The Club operates two grant schemes: the Endowment Fund, providing financial support for ornithological fieldwork in Scotland, and The Birds of Scotland Fund, supporting ornithological publications and projects. We’ve helped to finance everything from Tree Sparrow counts and a Capercaillie census, to major reference works such as national and regional bird atlases.    


To support bird monitoring initiatives

logosnobackWe work with partnership organisations to promote the practice of bird recording and record sharing e.g. BirdTrack.

To support Waterston House – more than just an administrative hub!

Featuring in the 2016 edition of Pete Irvine’s Scotland the Best guide, Waterston House, Aberlady, serves as a fantastic resource centre for birdwatchers, for beginners and experts alike . A recent sightings board, tide time tables, bird ID guides and friendly staff and volunteers are on hand to help visitors. The centre also houses the George Waterston Library, the largest ornithological library in Scotland which is open to all for reference. Waterston House has also built a reputation as a successful art gallery, hosting exhibitions by leading wildlife artists from across the UK and beyond. Donations are an invaluable contribution towards the day-to-day running costs of the centre.

Donating to the SOC

Ways to donate:

Donate online

Click here to donate online today using your Debit  or Credit card.

Donate over the phone

Contact Waterston House on 01875 871 330 and we can take a card payment over the phone.

Donate by post

You can download a Donations form here and post it in to us at Waterston House. If sending in a cheque please make it payable to ‘The SOC’.

Our Freepost address is FREEPOST RTKC-TGJU-KZLB, SOC, Waterston House, Longniddry, EH32 0PY. However, using a stamp will save us costs.

Donate in person

Pop in and see us at HQ to either donate by card, cash or cheque.

Thank you very much for giving this your consideration.