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 talks (or meetings) between September and April and field trips throughout most of the year. We also have a discussion group, where we consider local conservation issues and organise survey work, see below for details.


Evening talks programme


The Guide Hall, 33 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7JF (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area). Two meetings a year are held at Waterston House, Aberlady (these will be marked with an asterisk).


The following Tuesdays at 7.30pm:

12 Sep 2017    Norman Elkins – The breeding & wintering birds of Fife

10 Oct 2017     Stan da Prato – The changing wildlife of the East Lothian coast*

14 Nov 2017    Ben Darvill – Technology, tags and tracks

12 Dec 2017    Roy Atkins – Birds and mammals of the Highlands

09 Jan 2018     Brian Robertson – Birding in the sun

13 Feb 2018    Bob McGowan – A moving experience: The installation of the NMS bird collections in a new building at Granton, Edinburgh

13 Mar 2018     Brian Minshull – (Stalking) Scotland’s Bean Geese*

10 Apr 2018     AGM and Members’ Night

* NB: Oct & Mar meetings held at Waterston House, Aberlady. Space limited. Advance booking essential (0131 258 4638)


Morag King, 7 Durham Terrace, Edinburgh, EH15 1QJ, tel 0131 258 4638, mobile 078104 15941


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 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


Morag King

Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Richard Leslie


Position vacant


Stephen Hunter

Committee members:

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

Lothian recorder:

Stephen Welch


Lothian branch activities and communications

Talks reminders:

Members are emailed a reminder about forthcoming talks with more information on the speaker and subject where possible, usually a week or so in advance of the meeting. If you don’t already receive these alerts and would like to, please contact us.

Branch newsletter:

Lothian Bird E-Bulletin is periodically emailed to branch members and includes details of branch talks, outings and activities locally as well as summaries of recent outings and other branch-related news.

Discussion group:

Lothian Discussion Group meets September to April, on the first Wednesday evening of the month to plan local survey fieldwork and review results, discuss atlas work and other activities; also to share recent sightings and birdwatching experiences. Meetings are held at 7.30pm in Waterston House. These are open to all SOC members. For more information on the group please email Mark Holling at mark.holling@btinternet.com

Forum/News group:

Lothian Bird News (Yahoo group) groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/lothianbirdnews

Social media:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/birdinglothian


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 joined forces to run a local Bird Atlas project in parallel with BTO’s Bird Atlas 2007-11. Over 445,000 records were gathered over the six year period and a great deal of detailed analysis has now been undertaken. The aim is to publish the Birds in South-east Scotland 2007-13 in 2017, and there will be a pre-publication offer via the SOC. Click here to visit the South-East Scotland Bird Atlas website.

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