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  • Scotland's Bird Club

    Lothian

    Headquarters

You can find out about our Lothian branch below. 

  • Talks

    Venue:

    The Guide Hall, 33 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7JF (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area). NB: Mar meeting held at HQ, Aberlady. Space limited. Advance booking essential (07815 037330) . Thisis marked with an asterisk below. 

    When:

    The following Tuesdays at 7.30pm:

    12 Nov 2019 

    Tom Churchyard – Access all areas: How we successfully removed invasive Black Rats from the Shiant Isles

    10 Dec 2019

    Ian Andrews – Fair Isle: A bird observatory like no other

    14 Jan 2020 

    Geoff Morgan – Vismig Edinburgh: Exploring visible migration from a Liberton back garden

    11 Feb 2020 

    Chris Bailey – RSPB Scotland: Advising land owners on waders, Corncrake, Corn Bunting and Capercaillie

    10 Mar 2020* 

    Daisy Burnell – Seabirds count: Taking stock of the seabirds of Britain and Ireland (HQ)

    14 Apr 2020 

    AGM and Members’ Night

    Contact:

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 12 Glencairn Terrace, Bathgate, EH48 4DL, mobile 07815 037330

  • Outings

    These are full-day trips so please bring packed lunch and stout footwear. Transport is on a carshare basis. Details will be available at indoor meetings, or from Gillian Herbert.

    Sun 17 Nov 2019         

    Loch Ore Meadows (John Hamilton)

    Sun 15 Dec 2019          

    Christmas lunch and Aberlady/Gosford (Stephen Hunter and Hilary Maxfield)   

    Sun 19 Jan 2020           

    Linlithgow Loch & Kinneil (Alison Creamer)

    Sun 9 Feb 2020           

    Largo Bay & Ruddons Point (D Atkins)

    Sun 15 Mar 2020         

    Gullane to North Berwick (Richard Leslie)

    Sun 19 Apr 2020          

    Roslin Glen & Penicuik Estate (Mike Thornton)

    Sun 10 May 2020         

    Lammermuirs (Richard Leslie)

    Thu 14 May 2020        

    Musselburgh (J & D Main)

    Sun 21 Jun 2020           

    Comrie Glens (David Atkins)

    Contact:

    Gillian Herbert (Tel: 0131 339 6479, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

     

  • Branch Committee

    Secretary:

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Vice-chair:

    Position vacant

    Treasurer:

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Committee members:

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (outings), Hilary Maxfield, Mike Thornton, Anne Hyatt and Gill Parmee

    Lothian recorder:

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  • Other Information

    Lothian is currently the largest SOC branch, with over 1000 members from across the region. We hold monthly talks 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.

    Talks reminders:

    Members who've consented to Local Branch news and events e-communications from SOC, are sent 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 make sure you've completed a Mailing List Consent Form to allow the Club to contact you. If you've already completed a form, check your junk/spam/clutter folders to make sure our emails aren't landing there. Still nothing? Contact Headquarters as we may not have a correct or up to date email address on file for you.

    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. Read the latest issue here.

    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. Meetings are held at 7.30pm in Waterston House. These are open to all SOC members. For more information on the group please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mark Holling.

    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 Archive

    Click here to download archive issues of Lothian Branch newsletter.

    South-East Scotland Bird Atlas

    Find out more here

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SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.