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 Nov 2018 Norman Elkins – Birding the Balearics
11 Dec 2018 Cat Barlow – Reinforcing South of Scotland’s Golden Eagle population
08 Jan 2019 Angus Hogg – South Ayrshire’s changing birdlife
12 Feb 2019 Peter Mawby – The distance between: The significance of territory in the lives & survival of birds
12 Mar 2019 Martin Cook – Moray’s birds: A century of change*
09 Apr 2019 AGM and Charles Everitt – A reflection on bird crime
* NB: Mar meeting 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 Gillian Herbert.
Sun 14 Oct 2018
Lindisfarne (David Atkins)
Sun 18 Nov 2018
Loch Leven (Hilary Maxfield)
Sun 16 Dec 2018
Christmas lunch/Aberlady Bay/Gosford Estate (Stephen Hunter)
Sun 20 Jan 2019
Musselburgh (Richard Leslie)
Sun 17 Feb 2019
Scone Palace (Alison Creamer)
Sun 17 Mar 2019
Tentsmuir/Morton Lochs (David Atkins)
Sun 28 Apr 2019
Little Glenshee/Loch of the Lowes (John Hamilton)
Thu 9 May 2019
The Borders (James & Doreen Main)
Sun 19 May 2019
The Hirsel (Tom Gillies)
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 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.
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.