• 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). Two meetings a year are held at Waterston House, Aberlady (these will be marked with an asterisk).

    When:

    The following Tuesdays at 7.30pm:

    That's it for this season - details of next season's talk will be added shortly!

    Contact:

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 7 Durham Terrace, Edinburgh, EH15 1QJ, tel 0131 258 4638, mobile 078104 15941

  • 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 Marjorie Adams or Gillian Herbert.

    Sunday 22 April 2018
    Pencaitland Railway Walk (M King)

    Sunday 13 May 2018
    Leithen Lodge (Tom Gillies)

    Thursday 24 May 2018
    Lammermuirs (J & D Main)

    Sunday 17 June 2018
    St Abbs Head (David Atkins)

    Sunday 8 July 2018
    Penicuik House (John MacLean)

    Sunday 19 August 2018
    Aberlady (Alison Creamer)

    Sunday 16 September 2018
    East coast (Richard Leslie)

    Contact:

    Marjorie Adams to June (Tel: 0131 669 8080), Gillian Herbert from July (Tel: 0131 339 6479, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

     

  • Branch Committee

    Secretary:

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    Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

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    Vice-chair:

    Position vacant

    Treasurer:

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    Committee members:

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (outings), Marjorie Adams, John MacLean, Cherle Smith, Alison Creamer and Hilary Maxfield

    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 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. 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

    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.

BECOME A MEMBER

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.