You can find out about our Lothian branch below.
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:
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)
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.
Sun 18 Feb 2018
John Muir Country Park (J & D Main)
Sun 11 Mar 2018
Birnie & Gaddon Lochs (J Hamilton)
Sun 22 Apr 2018
Pencaitland Railway Walk (M King)
Sun 13 May 2018
Leithen Lodge (Tom Gillies)
Thu 24 May 2018
Lammermuirs (J & D Main)
Sun 17 Jun 2018
St Abbs Head (David Atkins)
Sun 8 Jul 2018
Penicuik House (John MacLean)
Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:
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.
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.
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.
Lothian Bird News (Yahoo group) groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/lothianbirdnews
Birdwatching 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
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.