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  • Scotland's Bird Club

    Lothian

    Headquarters

You can find out about our Lothian branch below. 

  • Talks

    Our talks programme will resume in autumn 2022; Lothian branch talks will be held as a hybrid (online/in-person) programme and details are given below.

    An invitation with a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out to the branch's members 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 (please note these will only be sent to SOC members).

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

    When: 

    7.30pm

    13 Sep   Speaker to be confirmed

    21 Sep   Pete Moore – RSPB Insh Marshes (online)

    11 Oct   Liz Humphreys – Tracking Arctic Skuas

    19 Oct   Ciaran Hatsell & Jude Lane – The Gannet (online)

    08 Nov  Steve Urquhart – Doing Bird: SOC archive recordings at HMP Perth

    23 Nov   Birds and Us, A 12,000 Year History – Q&A with Tim Birkhead (online)

    13 Dec   Rick Taylor – An update from the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project

    21 Dec    Mary Colwell & Dave Parrish – The Curlew (online)

    Contact:

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., mobile 07769 704821

    Venue for in-person meetings:

    The Cornerstone Centre, St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area). 

  • Outings

    Lothian branch is pleased to announce that outings have restarted. Further details will be sent to branch members by email, if you have signed up for this (or click here if you haven't already done so). If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Sun 28 Aug         Aberlady Bay and Gullane Point

    Sun 11 Dec        Aberlady Bay & Gosford + Christmas lunch at Craigielaw Golf Club

    Contact:

    David Parmee (Tel: 07769 704821, or 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 David Parmee.

  • 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:

    Andrew Matthews, Hilary Maxfield, Mike Thornton, 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 coordinated what had been intended to be a one-season winter atlas of East Lothian (for further information, click here). Owing to Covid-19 restrictions during the survey period, it is intended that some further fieldwork will take place in the 2021-22 winter (November to February). Plans will be discussed at meetings of the Discussion Group when they recommence in September, and details will be posted here in due course.

    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 2021-22

    Lothian branch SOC Chairman's report 2021-22 

    Lothian branch accounts 2021-22

    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.

    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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