WATERSTON HOUSE WINTER OPENING HOURS: WEDS-SUN 10AM-4PM

 

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    *Apologies, sold out* Winter birdwatching, Aberlady

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Date:

12 December 2021

Price:

£18 (£15 SOC members)

Time:

10am - 1pm approx.

Venue:

Aberlady Bay

Booking Info:

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Walk details

Winter is a great time to learn the basics of bird identification and birdwatching with a variety of species spending the winter months at Aberlady.  This walk is aimed at beginners and those wishing to improve.  We will be looking at waders, wildfowl and gulls in Aberlady Bay and smaller birds in the coastal bushes and grassland.

The pace of the walk, which lasts around 2-3 hours, 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.  

The walk will be led by our friendly expert, Scott Paterson, who has many years' experience as trainer in the field of bird identification skills. Once booked, you will automatically receive a confirmation email and Scott will be in touch a few days before the walk to confirm the meeting arrangements. 

Please ensure that you come prepared for all weathers and have warm, waterproof clothing.  You will also need sturdy walking boots or shoes, or wellies, although we will not be doing any serious hiking but will be walking on paths that 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.

COVID-19 precautions
In order to keep everyone safe, our walks will be run in accordance with Scottish Government guidelines in place at the time. Each walk will have a maximum of nine people (including the leader), and we ask participants to wear masks when unable to maintain social distancing. Any loaned binoculars will be sanitised beforehand. Please do not attend if you (or anyone in your household) have any Covid-like symptoms.

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.

Cancellations policy
SOC reserves the right to cancel or postpone any of its scheduled guided walks due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient bookings. Where participants are unable to join a re-scheduled walk, a full refund will be given. In the event that a participant cancels their booking, we will do our best to fill the place in order to be able to issue a full refund (minus a cancellation fee of £1.50). 

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