Lothian branch

© Iain Leach www.iainleachphotography.com

© Iain Leach www.iainleachphotography.com

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, EH3 7JF (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:

11 Apr 2017

AGM, Members’ Night & Al McNee – A birding trip to Central Thailand

Al’s talk is based on his birding trip to Central Thailand with Zoothera Global Birding, in January 2012. His mission: to see a Spoon-billed Sandpiper! Join us to hear of Al’s experiences, brought to life by his many photographs from the trip.

Al has been birding in the Highlands for over 35 years. A past SOC Highland Recorder, Chairman and Secretary, he fits in census work and local patch birding while trying to see as many species in Scotland as possible.  Hillwalking and going on foreign bird trips are also squeezed into the gaps that family life allows!


Doreen Main
01620 844532


Branch outings

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. Details will be available at indoor meetings and via Marjorie Adams.

Sun 26 Mar 2017
Raptor Viewpoint and Leithen Lodge (Tom & Margaret Gillies)

Sun 23 Apr 2017
Little Glenshee & Loch of the Lowes (Marjorie Adams & Gillian Herbert)

Sun 21 May 2017
The Hirsel (Tom & Margaret Gillies)

Thu 15 Jun 2017
Carrifran Wildwood (Hilary Maxfield)

Sun 16 Jul 2017
Isle of May, or Fife coast if sailing is cancelled (Alison Creamer)

Sun 20 Aug 2017  
Aberlady Bay (Richard Leslie and John Harrison)

Sun 17 Sep 2017    
East Coast migrants (David Atkins)


Marjorie Adams to June (Tel: 0131 669 8080) and Gillian Herbert from July (Tel: 0131 339 6479)


About the branch

Branch committee


Doreen Main, Seatoller, Broadgait, Gullane, EH31 2DH, Tel 01620 844532

Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Richard Leslie


Position vacant


Stephen Hunter

Committee members:

Gillian Herbert (outings), Marjorie Adams, Morag King, John MacLean, Cherle Smith, Alison Creamer and Hilary Maxfield

Lothian recorder:

Stephen Welch


Useful information:

Birdwatching in the Lothians

Click here for our guide to Birding the Lothians and here to visit Ian Andrew’s website Birdwatching sites 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

Waterston House, SOC headquarters, is located in Lothian region, on the outskirts of Aberlady village. Please visit our volunteering page for more information.

Lothian Bird Bulletin

Click here to download Lothian Branch’s newsletter (most recent & back-issues).

Image to go alongside SE Scotland Atlas infoSouth-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.

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