Events at Waterston House

An overview of the events we run at Club Headquarters throughout the year. When event dates are announced, details will be added to our What’s on at Waterston House page or to keep up to date with the latest news, activities, events and publications join our mailing list.
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Art exhibitions in the Donald Watson Gallery

The Donald Watson Gallery at Waterston House shows a year-round programme of exhibitions from some of the UK’s top wildlife artists.

A new exhibition runs every two months, showing contemporary landscapes, wildlife art and illustrations, in a variety of media from painting and drawing, to prints, craft techniques and photography. Every exhibition opens with a preview evening, where commonly visitors have the chance to meet the artist in a relaxed setting. Refreshments are served and entry is free. If you are interested in attending the preview for a particular exhibition, please contact us.

To find out more about the Donald Watson Gallery, the current exhibition and for details of forthcoming exhibitions, please click here or click here to join our mailing list.

The gallery is open 7 days a week. For our opening hours please click here. Entry is free and open to all.




Birdwatching for Beginners Guided Walks

If you’re commonly left wondering what bird species has just flown overhead (and would like to find out), or you just want to brush up on your ID skills, then our Birdwatching for Beginners course could be for you!
Courses take the form of a series of guided walks, led by experienced birdwatchers to various sites and habitats in the Lothian’s.
The course costs £28 for 4 walks (£20 members), each approximately 3 hours in duration- a great way to get started and make some new friends at the same time!
These walks are very popular and currently there is a waiting list, however we will do our best to accommodate you as soon as we can. Please contact to register your interest.

Laurie Campbell Nature Photography Workshops

These one-day workshops are designed to show participants how to get the most from whatever photographic equipment they happen to own. Throughout the day, the emphasis will be on the basics of exposure and composition, and will help in the art of seeing the photographic potential in the wide range of landscape and natural history subjects participants may encounter.
With a maximum of six places available, Laurie will be able to spend time with each group member individually, enabling him to identify specific areas where help is needed in order to offer a bespoke service. Please email or call 01875 871 330 to register your interest and be notified of workshops when they are announced.




Every autumn, up to 30,000 Pink-footed geese descend on Aberlady Bay Local Nature Reserve as part of their annual winter migration. It’s one of Scotland’s most spectacular wildlife events and Waterston House, SOC Headquarters, offers a front row view of the spectacle.
In late afternoon towards the end of September / early October, we hold our annual Goosewatch events where you can learn about the migration of the geese from Iceland and Greenland, to their wintering grounds here in Scotland.
After a short illustrated talk from the East Lothian Council Ranger Service, you’ll have the opportunity to watch the breathtaking spectacle of thousands of geese (usually 15,000+) flying in to their night time roost on Aberlady Bay.
Details of our Goosewatch events and booking information will be advertised on our What’s on page when available.


Optics Day – binoculars & telescope demonstrations

In addition to the optical equipment available all year round, we also host two Optics Days throughout the year, giving you access to the latest models and the opportunity to chat to staff from Viking Optical Ltd for further expert advice. Please get in touch with us in advance if there is a particular model you would like to try on the day. Entry is free and booking’s not required.

Visit our Optical equipment page to find out more about the expert advice available and the range of equipment and brands we stock.

Annual Book Sale

There is no book sale planned for spring/summer at Waterston House.

However, the Club will have a bookstall at this year’s Bird Fair, where you’ll have an opportunity to browse a selection of high quality, second-hand natural history books and journals. Meantime, why not take a look at our online second-hand book shop for a small selection of the titles we have available to purchase.

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