Lothian

Lothian branch

Red-necked Grebe © Jacqui Herrington

Red-necked Grebe © Jacqui Herrington

 

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

Venue:

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.

When:

The following Tuesdays at 7.30pm:

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

Contact:

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.

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)

Contact:

Gillian Herbert, 0131 337 0767, or SOC HQ, for details.

 

About the branch

Branch committee

Secretary:

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

Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

James Main

Vice-chair:

Richard Leslie

Treasurer:

Stephen Hunter

Committee members:

Gillian Herbert (outings), Marjorie Adams, Morag King, John MacLean, Cherle Smith

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.

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!

pelican-blood-premier

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