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    Headquarters

Headquarters organises a programme of events throughout the year including Optics Days, Goosewatch events, Art Exhibitions and Bird ID Guided Walks out of Waterston House. Event details will be posted below once finalised. 

For an overview of Waterston House's events programme throughout the year, please click here. As well as these events at Headquarters, the Club arranges a Spring Conference in conjunction with our partners at BTO Scotland and the nearest local branch, and an Annual Conference.

Club members benefit from discounts on events - see individual events for details. Not a member yet? Find out more about membership.

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We are delighted to present an exhibition of contemporary botanical paintings by members of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists (SSBA), accompanied by ceramics sculpture by Ellen McCann.

Botanical painting has a long and important history. It was used to record the nature of plants for scientific and medicinal purposes and continues to support scientific research as botanical illustration. While also steeped in accurate observation, botanical art differs from scientific botanical illustration by placing the emphasis on the aesthetic value of the subject and generating in the artist, and the viewer, a reflection on the beauty of nature. 

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The exhibition runs from Saturday 19 January until Wednesday 27 February 2019. We're open daily from 10am to 4pm and entry is free. 

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Winter wildfowl & woodland birds - Gartmorn Dam

Birdwatching in mid-winter can provide excellent opportunities to learn the basics of bird identification or brush up on your existing knowledge, with wildfowl looking at their best and woodland birds just beginning to practise a song or two and casting an eye towards the all-important Spring time. 

The pace of the walk, which last around 2-3 hours (approx 10.00am-1.00pm) is fairly relaxed and the ambience is informal, with discussion and questions encouraged. The aim is to provide an enjoyable introduction to birds, bird identification and bird watching. Numbers are limited to eight to maximise individual learning. 

Please ensure that you come prepared for all weathers and have warm, waterproof clothing.  You will also need sturdy walking boots or shoes, or Wellingtons, although we will not be doing any serious hiking, but will be walking on paths which may be rough and/or muddy. If you have binoculars, please bring them. Otherwise, we can arrange a loan pair, just let us know at the time of booking.

The walks will be led by our friendly expert, Scott Paterson, who has many years' experience as trainer in the field of bird identification skills. To book a place using a debit or credit card, call  01875 871330. 

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Any personal details you provide when booking will be stored securely by the SOC and shared only with the walks organiser, Scott Paterson, for the purpose of administering your participation on the course.

Interested in the walk but can't make this date or this location isn't convenient for you? Please see our full events listings for walks elsewhere, or join our guided walks mailing list to be notified about upcoming courses. 

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The pace of the walk, which last around 2-3 hours (approx 10.00am-1.00pm) is fairly relaxed and the ambience is informal, with discussion and questions encouraged. The aim is to provide an enjoyable introduction to birds, bird identification and bird watching. Numbers are limited to eight to maximise individual learning. 

Please ensure that you come prepared for all weathers and have warm, waterproof clothing.  You will also need sturdy walking boots or shoes, or Wellingtons, although we will not be doing any serious hiking, but will be walking on paths which may be rough and/or muddy. If you have binoculars, please bring them. Otherwise, we can arrange a loan pair, just let us know at the time of booking.

The walks will be led by our friendly expert, Scott Paterson, who has many years' experience as trainer in the field of bird identification skills. To book a place using a debit or credit card, call  01875 871330. 

Data Protection
Any personal details you provide when booking will be stored securely by the SOC and shared only with the walks organiser, Scott Paterson, for the purpose of administering your participation on the course.

Interested in the walk but can't make this date or this location isn't convenient for you? Please see our full events listings for walks elsewhere, or join our guided walks mailing list to be notified about upcoming courses. 

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Winter waders & wildfowl - Aberlady Bay

Apologies this event is now fully booked. Please see our full events listings for walks elsewhere, or join our guided walks mailing list to be notified about upcoming courses. 

Birdwatching in mid-winter can provide excellent opportunities to learn the basics of bird identification or brush up on your existing knowledge, with wildfowl looking at their best and woodland birds just beginning to practise a song or two and casting an eye towards the all-important Spring time. 

The pace of the walk, which last around 2-3 hours (approx 10.00am-1.00pm) is fairly relaxed and the ambience is informal, with discussion and questions encouraged. The aim is to provide an enjoyable introduction to birds, bird identification and bird watching. Numbers are limited to eight to maximise individual learning. 

Please ensure that you come prepared for all weathers and have warm, waterproof clothing.  You will also need sturdy walking boots or shoes, or Wellingtons, although we will not be doing any serious hiking, but will be walking on paths which may be rough and/or muddy. If you have binoculars, please bring them. Otherwise, we can arrange a loan pair, just let us know at the time of booking.

The walks will be led by our friendly expert, Scott Paterson, who has many years' experience as trainer in the field of bird identification skills. To book a place using a debit or credit card, call  01875 871330. 

Data Protection
Any personal details you provide when booking will be stored securely by the SOC and shared only with the walks organiser, Scott Paterson, for the purpose of administering your participation on the course.

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Winter waders & wildfowl - Aberlady Bay

Apologies this event is now fully booked. Please see our full events listings for walks elsewhere, or join our guided walks mailing list to be notified about upcoming courses. 

Birdwatching in mid-winter can provide excellent opportunities to learn the basics of bird identification or brush up on your existing knowledge, with wildfowl looking at their best and woodland birds just beginning to practise a song or two and casting an eye towards the all-important Spring time. 

The pace of the walk, which last around 2-3 hours (approx 10.00am-1.00pm) is fairly relaxed and the ambience is informal, with discussion and questions encouraged. The aim is to provide an enjoyable introduction to birds, bird identification and bird watching. Numbers are limited to eight to maximise individual learning. 

Please ensure that you come prepared for all weathers and have warm, waterproof clothing.  You will also need sturdy walking boots or shoes, or Wellingtons, although we will not be doing any serious hiking, but will be walking on paths which may be rough and/or muddy. If you have binoculars, please bring them. Otherwise, we can arrange a loan pair, just let us know at the time of booking.

The walks will be led by our friendly expert, Scott Paterson, who has many years' experience as trainer in the field of bird identification skills. To book a place using a debit or credit card, call  01875 871330. 

Data Protection
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Winter waders & wildfowl - Musselburgh Lagoons

*Apologies this is now fully booked *. Please see our full events listings for walks elsewhere, or join our guided walks mailing list to be notified about upcoming courses. 

Birdwatching in mid-winter can provide excellent opportunities to learn the basics of bird identification or brush up on your existing knowledge, with wildfowl looking at their best and woodland birds just beginning to practise a song or two and casting an eye towards the all-important Spring time. 

The pace of the walk, which last around 2-3 hours (approx 10.00am-1.00pm) is fairly relaxed and the ambience is informal, with discussion and questions encouraged. The aim is to provide an enjoyable introduction to birds, bird identification and bird watching. Numbers are limited to eight to maximise individual learning. 

Please ensure that you come prepared for all weathers and have warm, waterproof clothing.  You will also need sturdy walking boots or shoes, or Wellingtons, although we will not be doing any serious hiking, but will be walking on paths which may be rough and/or muddy. If you have binoculars, please bring them. Otherwise, we can arrange a loan pair, just let us know at the time of booking.

The walks will be led by our friendly expert, Scott Paterson, who has many years' experience as trainer in the field of bird identification skills. To book a place using a debit or credit card, call  01875 871330. 

Data Protection
Any personal details you provide when booking will be stored securely by the SOC and shared only with the walks organiser, Scott Paterson, for the purpose of administering your participation on the course.

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Winter waders & wildfowl - Musselburgh Lagoons

*Apologies this is now fully booked *. Please see our full events listings for walks elsewhere, or join our guided walks mailing list to be notified about upcoming courses. 

Birdwatching in mid-winter can provide excellent opportunities to learn the basics of bird identification or brush up on your existing knowledge, with wildfowl looking at their best and woodland birds just beginning to practise a song or two and casting an eye towards the all-important Spring time. 

The pace of the walk, which last around 2-3 hours (approx 10.00am-1.00pm) is fairly relaxed and the ambience is informal, with discussion and questions encouraged. The aim is to provide an enjoyable introduction to birds, bird identification and bird watching. Numbers are limited to eight to maximise individual learning. 

Please ensure that you come prepared for all weathers and have warm, waterproof clothing.  You will also need sturdy walking boots or shoes, or Wellingtons, although we will not be doing any serious hiking, but will be walking on paths which may be rough and/or muddy. If you have binoculars, please bring them. Otherwise, we can arrange a loan pair, just let us know at the time of booking.

The walks will be led by our friendly expert, Scott Paterson, who has many years' experience as trainer in the field of bird identification skills. To book a place using a debit or credit card, call  01875 871330. 

Data Protection
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Two of the SSBA artists exhibiting in the show will be at Waterston House to talk about botanic art, including the techniques and materials they use. 

Interested in being notified about Art-related events directly to your inbox? Sign up to our Arts mailing list here

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Event Time: Drop in between 11am and 3pm
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Two of the SSBA artists exhibiting in the show will be at Waterston House to talk about botanic art, including the techniques and materials they use. 

Interested in being notified about Art-related events directly to your inbox? Sign up to our Arts mailing list here

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This workshop is now fully booked however, please contact us to be added to our Reserve list in case any of any cancellations. Depending on demand, we may also run a second event. 

To coincide with the upcoming Contemporary Botanical Art exhibition at Waterston House, Sharon Bradley will lead a day of drawing and painting from direct observation.

Sharon is a graduate of the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh diploma in Botanical Illustration and is an experienced tutor. The workshop is aimed at both beginners and experienced students, with the aim being to learn, or develop, techniques using graphite and watercolour. Experienced artists are expected to bring their preferred art materials. However, Sharon will provide materials for any beginners, on request (please let us know if this is required at the time of booking). Plants to draw from will be supplied. Places are limited to 12. 

Interested in being notified about Art-related events directly to your inbox? Sign up to our Arts mailing list here

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This workshop is now fully booked however, please contact us to be added to our Reserve list in case any of any cancellations. Depending on demand, we may also run a second event. 

To coincide with the upcoming Contemporary Botanical Art exhibition at Waterston House, Sharon Bradley will lead a day of drawing and painting from direct observation.

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Interested in being notified about Art-related events directly to your inbox? Sign up to our Arts mailing list here

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* Apologies this course is now fully booked *. Please see our full events listings for walks elsewhere, or join our guided walks mailing list to be notified about upcoming courses. 

Birdwatching in mid-winter can provide excellent opportunities to learn the basics of bird identification or brush up on your existing knowledge, with wildfowl looking at their best and woodland birds just beginning to practise a song or two and casting an eye towards the all-important Spring time. We should catch up with some winter visitors such as Goldeneye Duck and various thrushes and, who knows, we may even spot a Waxwing or two!  

The pace of the walks, which last around 2-3 hours (approx 10.00am-1.00pm) is fairly relaxed and the ambience is informal, with discussion and questions encouraged. The aim is to provide an enjoyable introduction to birds, bird identification and bird watching. Numbers are limited to eight to maximise individual learning. 

Please ensure that you come prepared for all weathers and have warm, waterproof clothing.You will also need sturdy walking boots or shoes, or Wellingtons, although we will not be doing any serious hiking, but will be walking on paths which may be rough and/or muddy. If you have binoculars, please bring them. Otherwise, we can arrange a loan pair, just let us know at the time of booking.

Mid-week course (Block of 4 walks, £45 / £37 SOC members)
Thur 21 Feb: Aberlady Bay, 10am
Thur 28 Feb: Pencaitland Railway Walk, 10am
Thur 7 Mar: Musselburgh, 10am
Thur 14 Mar: Gosford, 10am

The walks will be led by our friendly expert, Scott Paterson, who has many years' experience as trainer in the field of bird identification skills. To book a place using a debit or credit card, call  01875 871330. 

Data Protection
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* Apologies this course is now fully booked *. Please see our full events listings for walks elsewhere, or join our guided walks mailing list to be notified about upcoming courses. 

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Mid-week course (Block of 4 walks, £45 / £37 SOC members)
Thur 21 Feb: Aberlady Bay, 10am
Thur 28 Feb: Pencaitland Railway Walk, 10am
Thur 7 Mar: Musselburgh, 10am
Thur 14 Mar: Gosford, 10am

The walks will be led by our friendly expert, Scott Paterson, who has many years' experience as trainer in the field of bird identification skills. To book a place using a debit or credit card, call  01875 871330. 

Data Protection
Any personal details you provide when booking will be stored securely by the SOC and shared only with the walks organiser, Scott Paterson, for the purpose of administering your participation on the course.

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Birdwatching in mid-winter can provide excellent opportunities to learn the basics of bird identification or brush up on your existing knowledge, with wildfowl looking at their best and woodland birds just beginning to practise a song or two and casting an eye towards the all-important Spring time. We should catch up with some winter visitors such as Goldeneye Duck and various thrushes and, who knows, we may even spot a Waxwing or two!  

The pace of the walks, which last around 2-3 hours (approx 10.00am-1.00pm) is fairly relaxed and the ambience is informal, with discussion and questions encouraged. The aim is to provide an enjoyable introduction to birds, bird identification and bird watching. Numbers are limited to eight to maximise individual learning. 

Please ensure that you come prepared for all weathers and have warm, waterproof clothing.You will also need sturdy walking boots or shoes, or Wellingtons, although we will not be doing any serious hiking, but will be walking on paths which may be rough and/or muddy. If you have binoculars, please bring them. Otherwise, we can arrange a loan pair, just let us know at the time of booking.

Weekend course (Block of 4 walks, £45 / £37 SOC members)
Sun 24 Feb: Gosford, 10am
Sun 3 Mar: Musselburgh, 10am
Sun 10 Mar: Pencaitland Railway Walk, 10am
Sun 17 Mar: Aberlady, 10am

The walks will be led by our friendly expert, Scott Paterson, who has many years' experience as trainer in the field of bird identification skills. To book a place using a debit or credit card, call  01875 871330. 

Data Protection
Any personal details you provide when booking will be stored securely by the SOC and shared only with the walks organiser, Scott Paterson, for the purpose of administering your participation on the course.

Interested in the walk but can't make this date or this location isn't convenient for you? Please see our full events listings for walks elsewhere, or join our guided walks mailing list to be notified about upcoming courses. 

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Event Booking Info: Advance booking essential. Please call us on 01875 871 330 to book your place.
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Birdwatching in mid-winter can provide excellent opportunities to learn the basics of bird identification or brush up on your existing knowledge, with wildfowl looking at their best and woodland birds just beginning to practise a song or two and casting an eye towards the all-important Spring time. We should catch up with some winter visitors such as Goldeneye Duck and various thrushes and, who knows, we may even spot a Waxwing or two!  

The pace of the walks, which last around 2-3 hours (approx 10.00am-1.00pm) is fairly relaxed and the ambience is informal, with discussion and questions encouraged. The aim is to provide an enjoyable introduction to birds, bird identification and bird watching. Numbers are limited to eight to maximise individual learning. 

Please ensure that you come prepared for all weathers and have warm, waterproof clothing.You will also need sturdy walking boots or shoes, or Wellingtons, although we will not be doing any serious hiking, but will be walking on paths which may be rough and/or muddy. If you have binoculars, please bring them. Otherwise, we can arrange a loan pair, just let us know at the time of booking.

Weekend course (Block of 4 walks, £45 / £37 SOC members)
Sun 24 Feb: Gosford, 10am
Sun 3 Mar: Musselburgh, 10am
Sun 10 Mar: Pencaitland Railway Walk, 10am
Sun 17 Mar: Aberlady, 10am

The walks will be led by our friendly expert, Scott Paterson, who has many years' experience as trainer in the field of bird identification skills. To book a place using a debit or credit card, call  01875 871330. 

Data Protection
Any personal details you provide when booking will be stored securely by the SOC and shared only with the walks organiser, Scott Paterson, for the purpose of administering your participation on the course.

Interested in the walk but can't make this date or this location isn't convenient for you? Please see our full events listings for walks elsewhere, or join our guided walks mailing list to be notified about upcoming courses. 

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Every year the Club arranges a one-day Scottish Birdwatchers’ Conference, organised by a local branch of the SOC, in conjunction with our partners, BTO Scotland. We're delighted to also be working in partnership with Argyll Bird Club to arrange the 2019 conference.
 

Wings over Western Skies,Ornithological highlights from Scotland's Atlantic coast

Presentations: Saturday 16th March

Field trips (optional): Sunday 17th March

Booking

Booking is through BTO Scotland. Ideally please book online through their website

Programme

Click here to download the conference programme and to find out who we have lined up for you. 

Conference costs

The charge for the conference is £30 (incl. vat) per person. A limited number of discounted places are available to under 25s and students, priced at £20. This includes registration fee, lunch and teas/coffees. We regret that no refunds can be issued after 5 March.

Local birdwatching

Whether you are interested in exploring the area independently or joining an organised group outing, there are several sites with easy reach of the conference centre. 

‘Pelagic’ to Mull

The Island of Mull is renowned for its varied landscapes (mountains, moorlands, sea lochs and sandy beaches) plus of course for its wildlife. This trip will cross over to Craignure and back watching for seabirds, divers and raptors. If volunteers are found to take cars over, we will also visit Lochdon and Grasspoint where a variety of waders can be found. Ferry fare £7.20 rtn (passenger), £27.50 rtn (car, shared).

North Connel, Ledaig Point & Ardmucknish Bay

The promontory at the mouth of Loch Etive and the broad sandy bay north from here support a variety of species including Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, divers, several wader species, Linnet and Twite. This outing will involve a short walk along the shore (2–3 km).

Seil & Luing

Picturesque Seil island is connected to the mainland by ‘the bridge over the Atlantic’. After visiting a few sites on Seil we’ll take the ferry to Luing and travel by car to Blackmill Bay, Toberonochy, Cullipool and the Atlantic Islands Centre. A range of species may be seen including ducks, geese, waders and raptors. This will be a car-based outing with short walks. Ferry fare £14.50 rtn for car with four passengers.

Loch Laich (Appin)

This beautiful inlet off Loch Linnhe is 1.5 miles north-east of Port Appin and is home to Castle Stalker (a four-storey tower house which featured in a Monty Python film). A variety of waders, ducks, seabirds and gulls may be seen, with raptors also a possibility. The outing will walk over the Victoria bridge and round to Portnacroish on a level cycleway, returning by the same route (~4km).

Lismore

This walking outing will take the foot ferry from Port Appin, looking out for Black Guillemots and Otters on the crossing. Once ashore we’ll walk on even ground to the ‘estuarine’ area at picturesque Port Ramsay and Fennachrochan where a variety of waders, ducks and possibly raptors may be found (~8km). Ferry fare £3.70 rtn.

Kerrera

We’ll walk around the southern end of Kerrera enjoying spectacular views of Mull and Gylen Castle. The Sound of Kerrera may yield Black Guillemot and Red-throated Divers and we’ll hope for Great Northern Divers in the Firth of Lorne. Waders can be found at Barnabuck Bay, where there’s also a chance of Otters. The island can be good for raptors, too. Distance ~9km on tracks, with several hills. Ferry fare £4.65 rtn. 

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Every year the Club arranges a one-day Scottish Birdwatchers’ Conference, organised by a local branch of the SOC, in conjunction with our partners, BTO Scotland. We're delighted to also be working in partnership with Argyll Bird Club to arrange the 2019 conference.
 

Wings over Western Skies,Ornithological highlights from Scotland's Atlantic coast

Presentations: Saturday 16th March

Field trips (optional): Sunday 17th March

Booking

Booking is through BTO Scotland. Ideally please book online through their website

Programme

Click here to download the conference programme and to find out who we have lined up for you. 

Conference costs

The charge for the conference is £30 (incl. vat) per person. A limited number of discounted places are available to under 25s and students, priced at £20. This includes registration fee, lunch and teas/coffees. We regret that no refunds can be issued after 5 March.

Local birdwatching

Whether you are interested in exploring the area independently or joining an organised group outing, there are several sites with easy reach of the conference centre. 

‘Pelagic’ to Mull

The Island of Mull is renowned for its varied landscapes (mountains, moorlands, sea lochs and sandy beaches) plus of course for its wildlife. This trip will cross over to Craignure and back watching for seabirds, divers and raptors. If volunteers are found to take cars over, we will also visit Lochdon and Grasspoint where a variety of waders can be found. Ferry fare £7.20 rtn (passenger), £27.50 rtn (car, shared).

North Connel, Ledaig Point & Ardmucknish Bay

The promontory at the mouth of Loch Etive and the broad sandy bay north from here support a variety of species including Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, divers, several wader species, Linnet and Twite. This outing will involve a short walk along the shore (2–3 km).

Seil & Luing

Picturesque Seil island is connected to the mainland by ‘the bridge over the Atlantic’. After visiting a few sites on Seil we’ll take the ferry to Luing and travel by car to Blackmill Bay, Toberonochy, Cullipool and the Atlantic Islands Centre. A range of species may be seen including ducks, geese, waders and raptors. This will be a car-based outing with short walks. Ferry fare £14.50 rtn for car with four passengers.

Loch Laich (Appin)

This beautiful inlet off Loch Linnhe is 1.5 miles north-east of Port Appin and is home to Castle Stalker (a four-storey tower house which featured in a Monty Python film). A variety of waders, ducks, seabirds and gulls may be seen, with raptors also a possibility. The outing will walk over the Victoria bridge and round to Portnacroish on a level cycleway, returning by the same route (~4km).

Lismore

This walking outing will take the foot ferry from Port Appin, looking out for Black Guillemots and Otters on the crossing. Once ashore we’ll walk on even ground to the ‘estuarine’ area at picturesque Port Ramsay and Fennachrochan where a variety of waders, ducks and possibly raptors may be found (~8km). Ferry fare £3.70 rtn.

Kerrera

We’ll walk around the southern end of Kerrera enjoying spectacular views of Mull and Gylen Castle. The Sound of Kerrera may yield Black Guillemot and Red-throated Divers and we’ll hope for Great Northern Divers in the Firth of Lorne. Waders can be found at Barnabuck Bay, where there’s also a chance of Otters. The island can be good for raptors, too. Distance ~9km on tracks, with several hills. Ferry fare £4.65 rtn. 

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19 January 2019 - 27 February 2019

We are delighted to present an exhibition of contemporary botanical paintings by members of the Scottish Society of...

23 January 2019

Winter wildfowl & woodland birds - Gartmorn Dam

Birdwatching in mid-winter can provide excellent...

31 January 2019

Winter waders & wildfowl - Aberlady Bay

Apologies this event is now fully booked. Please see...

02 February 2019

Winter waders & wildfowl - Musselburgh Lagoons

*Apologies this is now fully booked *. Please...

16 February 2019

Two of the SSBA artists exhibiting in the show will be at Waterston House to talk about botanic art, including the...

21 February 2019

This workshop is now fully booked however, please contact us to be added to our Reserve list in case any of any...

21 February 2019

* Apologies this course is now fully booked *. Please see our full events listings for walks elsewhere, or join...

24 February 2019

Birdwatching in mid-winter can provide excellent opportunities to learn the basics of bird identification or brush up...

16 March 2019

Every year the Club arranges a one-day Scottish Birdwatchers’ Conference, organised by a local branch of the SOC, in...

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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.