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  • Scotland's Bird Club

    Lothian

    Headquarters

You can find out about our Lothian branch below. 

  • Talks

    While social distancing remains in place due to Covid-19, SOC Council has decided that all face-to-face indoor branch meetings should be postponed until the end of our 2020/21 winter talks programme in April 2021, when the situation will be reviewed.  This is in order to ensure the safety of our members and speakers. 

    However, we are pleased to announce that the branch will be running some virtual meetings, via Zoom, and we hope that you will be able to join us.

    An invitation with a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out a few days before the event via email.  To receive this notice, please ensure that you are on the appropriate mailing list held by HQ.  If you are unsure, you can check your mailing list preferences by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you know you do not receive branch notices but would like to, you can sign up here.

    For instructions on how to use Zoom, please click here.

    When:

    The following Tuesdays at 7.30pm:

    31 Aug 2020   AGM (NB Monday)

    8 Sep 2020     Dan Brown - Curlew conservation

    13 Oct 2020   Chris Bailey - RSPB Scotland: Advising land owners on waders, Corncrake, and Capercaille

    10 Nov 2020   John Calladine (BTO) - Tracking Short-eared Owls

    8 Dec 2020     Stan da Prato - Warblers and other migrants

    12 Jan 2021    John Harrison - The Birdlife of Aberlady Bay Local Nature Reserve

    Further meetings will be announced in due course.

    Contact:

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    Venue:

    Once indoor meetings resume, they will be held at The Cornerston Centre, St Johns Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area). 

  • Outings

    The branch has issued the following statement about outings, due to restrictions from Covid-19:

    'We have decided that we will not plan for any outings to take place at this time.  Although social distancing has eased there are a number of factors involved which we believe continue to limit what we could do, particularly around managing numbers and potential locations where restrictions could be observed effectively.  We know this will be disappointing, but we will continue to monitor the situation and reinstate outings at a time when we know we will be able to run them to our satisfaction.'

    Contact:

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

    Once outings resume, they will be 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.

  • 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), Hilary Maxfield, Mike Thornton, Anne Hyatt, David Parmee 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.

    East Lothian Winter Atlas 2020-21

    Lothian SOC Discussion Group is currently looking for volunteers to get involved with a one-season winter atlas of East Lothian. For further information, click here.

    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.

    AGM minutes, Chairman's Report and Annual Accounts:

    Please click on the links below:

    Lothian branch AGM Minutes 2018-19

    Lothian branch SOC Chairman's report 2019-20 

    Lothian branch accounts 2019-20

    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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