Northern Seas & Coasts: Ornithological highlights from Scotlands northern waters

  • Gulls by Laurie Campbell

    *FULLY BOOKED* Weekend course of Guided Walks (x4)



22 February 2020 - 14 March 2020


Block of 4 walks, £50 (£45 SOC members)


10am-1pm approx.



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This series of four walks offer a chance to develop and enhance bird identification skills in a variety of habitats and are suitable for absolute beginners and improvers. 

Weekend course (Block of 4 walks, £50 / £45 SOC members)

  • Sat 22 Feb: Aberlady/Kilspndie
  • Sat 29 Feb: Gosford
  • Sat 07 Mar: Musselburgh
  • Sat 14 Mar: Aberlady

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. 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. Numbers on each walk are limited in order to maximise individual learning. The aim is to provide an enjoyable introduction to birds, bird identification and bird watching.

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.

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 regret that we will only be able to issue a refund (minus £1.50 admin fee) if we are able to fill the place.  

Course fully booked? Join our waiting list
If this particular course is fully booked and you would like to join our Reserve List in case we receive any cancellations, please contact us. Or interested in the course but can’t make all or some of these dates or the location/s don’t suit? Please see our full events listings for walks elsewhere, or join our guided walks mailing list to be notified about upcoming courses. 


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.