Lothian is currently the largest SOC branch, with over 500 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, except those two meetings marked with an asterisk, which are at Waterston House, Aberlady.
The following Tuesdays at 7.30pm.
14 Oct 2014 Phil Taylor, RSPB Scotland’s Seabird Officer. Title to be announced (Aberlady)* (CHANGE FROM ADVERTISED)
Scotland is a world leading place for seabirds. On colonies like the Bass Rock, Ailsa Craig, St Kilda and the Isle of May, over 5 million seabirds breed around our coast every year. The numbers of these birds has changed considerably since we started recording them in the late 1970s, but since around 2000, many of the species have suffered really dramatic declines, seemingly as a result of changes in their prey. RSPB is working to protect and recover these seabirds and this presentation will give an overview of some of that work. Recent advances include protected areas at sea, improved fisheries practices and better control against non-native predators in their colonies.
11 Nov 2014 Jenny Lennon – Aberdeen Red Kites: Past, present and future
09 Dec 2014 Members’ Night and John Anderson – The Falkland Islands
13 Jan 2015 Clive Walton – Mark and recapture: Bird ringing in Lothian and beyond
10 Feb 2015 Mark Newell – Seabird studies on the Isle of May: Spreading our wings after 40 years
10 Mar 2015 Peter Mawby – Dippers: A much loved bird at risk? (Aberlady)*
14 Apr 2015 AGM, Members’ Night & George Smith – Peregrines and PIT tags: A study of Peregrine demography in South Scotland
* NB: Oct & Mar meetings held at Waterston House, Aberlady
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 21 Sept East Coast migrants (David Atkins)
Sun 12 Oct Lindisfarne (David Atkins)
Sun 9 Nov Slamannan/Kinneil Kerse (James Bray)
Sun 14 Dec Aberlady Bay & Christmas lunch at Craigielaw Golf Club (Stephen Hunter & Keith Macgregor)
Sun 18 Jan Blackness/Linlithgow (John Hamilton)
Sun 15 Feb Tyninghame (Doreen & James Main)
Sun 22 Mar Anstruther/Ruddon’s Point (Tom Gillies)
Sun 19 Apr Borders area (James Main)
Thu 7 May Dawn chorus, Gosford (Cherle Smith)
Sun 14 Jun Northumberland coast & Coquet Island (David Atkins)
Gillian Herbert, 0131 337 0767, or SOC HQ, 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!