Lothian is currently the largest SOC branch, with over 1000 members from across the region. We hold monthly meetings and field trips throughout most of the year. We also have a discussion group, where we consider local conservation issues and organise survey work.
Evening talks programme
The Guide Hall, 33 Melville Street, Edinburgh (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area), except those two meetings marked with an asterisk, which are at Waterston House, Aberlady.
The following Tuesdays at 7.30pm:
That’s the end of this season’s programme of branch talks – next season’s will be added in due course!
These take place in most months of the year; usually on a Saturday or Sunday. They are full-day trips, so please bring a packed lunch and stout footwear. Transport is on a car-share basis.
Sun 22 May 2016
Lothian uplands (Stephen Hunter): A walk from Bavelaw into the Pentland Hills. Target species include Whinchat, Ring Ouzel, Raven, Peregrine, and Cuckoo. This is a fairly long walk of about 12 km (8 miles) on rough and sometimes boggy paths, so please dress appropriately. Meet at the Bavelaw car park (NT166638) at 9.30am. Please contact Stephen Hunter , by email or on 01506 880 629, if you’re planning to join us and didn’t sign up at the last indoor meeting.
Sun 19 Jun 2016
St Abb’s Head (Morag King)
Thu 30 Jun
Bass Rock and coast round North Berwick (Doreen and James Main)
Sun 14 Aug
Aberlady Bay (Richard Leslie and John Harrison)
Sun 4 Sep
Lindisfarne (David Atkins)
Click here to read about Lothian branch’s outing to Scone Palace lead by Tom and Margaret Gillies on Sunday 21 February 2016.
SOC HQ on 01875 871 330 or Doreen Main, on 01620 844532 for details.
About the branch
Doreen Main, Seatoller, Broadgait, Gullane, EH31 2DH, Tel 01620 844532
Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Gillian Herbert (outings), Marjorie Adams, Morag King, John MacLean, Cherle Smith
Birdwatching in the Lothians
Click here to download the SOC’s free guide: Birdwatching on the East Lothian coast
Bird recording in the Lothians
Visit the Lothian recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and the latest Lothian Bird Records Committee decisions and for Local Recorder contact information.
Volunteering at Waterston House
Lothian Bird Bulletin
Click here to download Lothian Branch’s newsletter (most recent & back-issues).
South-East Scotland Bird Atlas
Lothian and Borders regions have joined forces to run a local Bird Atlas project in parallel with the national 2007-11 Bird Atlas. For more details, including information on how to take part and preliminary species maps, see the South-East Scotland Bird Atlas website at www.the-soc.org.uk/se-atlas.
Lothian Discussion Group
The group meets at Waterston House on the first Wednesday of each month, from September to April, to discuss topical ornithological-related items, share survey results and plan upcoming survey work.
Meetings start at 7:30pm. Contact Mark Holling for more information.
2010 Edinburgh Film Festival
In June 2010 we were invited to join the stars on the red carpet at the world premiere of Pelican Blood, a film about sex, violence, and twitching! Below is a snapshot of the event!