Events

If you find an injured bird please phone the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) on 03000 999 999

October 2018

Wed
10

Kinross and Loch Leven

Location: Kinross and Loch Leven

We'll start at Kinross, heading along the loch-side footpath from the car park, first in one direction then the other. We will then drive south round the loch to the RSPB reserve. Take the M90 north, exit at J5 and take the B996 towards Kinross. In Kinross turn right at Clashbarn Road towards the town centre. Turn right again into Burns Begg Street. Park at the Kirkgate car park. Grid ref: NO127018.

Coordinator: Margaret Harrison

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07598 665744

Sun
14

Volunteering - Aberlady: Sea Buckthorn Control

Location: Volunteering - Aberlady: Sea Buckthorn Control

Group members join with the regular 'Aberlady Volunteers' to carry out vital conservation work on the Reserve. This time we will be helping with sea buckthorn control, an essential activity to limit the spread of this invasive plant and so maintain the biodiversity of the Reserve.
Meet at the wooden bridge by the reserve car park.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free

E-mail: margaret.harrison11@gmail.com

Wed
17

Illustrated talk

Location: Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, Napier University, Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, 10, Napier University, Colinton Road, Craiglockhart Campus, EDINBURGH
Postcode: EH14 1DJ (Google map)

'A walk on the wildside'

Ron McCombe (Photographer)

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Local Group Members £2, non-members £3, under 16s free

E-mail: grant.donaldson60@btinternet.com

Sat
20

Aberlady Bay LNR

Location: Aberlady Bay LNR

A popular and rewarding location at any time of the year, this is an excellent site with a wide variety of habitats - sea, mudflats, marshes, beach and scrub. Meet at the wooden bridge car park just beyond Aberlady village. Remember that East Lothian charge for parking.
Grid ref: NT471805

Coordinator: Lawrence Mitchell

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07881 441131

Sun
28

Coach Outing - Bogside Flats & Eglinton Country Park

Location: Coach Outing - Bogside Flats & Eglinton Country Park

The undeveloped areas of mudflats and saltmarsh at the confluence of the rivers Irvine and Garnock provide a good estuarine location for wintering and passage waders and wildfowl. The harbour mouth looks onto Irvine Bay giving us coastal habitat and, in addition, the nearby Beach Park Loch may offer other ducks and little grebe. This is where we will spend the morning, using the good path along the river side and around the Loch.

For the afternoon we will go to Eglinton Country Park, a new destination for our Group, and it provides a totally different habitat of woodland and farmland, again with good paths. At the Country Park are various seats where we can have our packed lunches, and there is a small cafe and toilet facilities.

Please come equipped with stout footwear and warm, waterproof clothing, and don't forget your optics and packed lunch.

Booking form in Autumn 2018 Newsletter or contact the Coach Organiser, Val Donaldson (details below).

Time: 8.30 am

Price: £20

Booking essential

Telephone: 01875 821214

E-mail: val@valsam.myzen.co.uk

November 2018

Wed
7

Doune and Argaty

Location: Doune and Argaty

In the morning we will walk from Doune Castle along the River Teith then at lunch time we will move on to Lerrocks Farm for the red kite feeding. (£5 entry fee to the hide.) Meet at Doune Castle car park, just off Doune Main St. Grid ref: NN735014.

Coordinator: tbc

Time: 10 am

Price: TBC

Sun
18

Gartmorn Dam

Location: Gartmorn Dam

The reservoir is an important overwintering site for wildfowl and there is also mixed open woodland, providing an opportunity to see winter thrushes. Cross over the Clackmannanshire Bridge and at the roundabout take the A907 left for Alloa. At the Parkmill roundabout turn right on the A909 to Sauchie. At the Post Office, follow the sign right for the country park.
Grid ref: NS 911940

Coordinator: Margaret Harrison

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07598 665744

Tue
20

Illustrated talk

Location: Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, Napier University, Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, 10, Napier University, Colinton Road, Craiglockhart Campus, EDINBURGH
Postcode: EH14 1DJ (Google map)

'Short-eared Owl Project'

Speaker: John Calladine (BTO Senior Research Ecologist)

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Local Group Members £2, non-members £3, under 16s free

E-mail: grant.donaldson60@btinternet.com

December 2018

Wed
5

Musselburgh

Location: Musselburgh

Always a popular spot, especially for the shorter winter days. There is always plenty to see at the estuary on the sea and on the scrapes. Meet at Goose Green at the mouth of the River Esk. Grid ref. NT346734

Coordinator: Hugh Conner

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01506 890496

Sat
8

John Muir Country Park

Location: John Muir Country Park

Always a good site, with a variety of habitats. Meet at the Linksfield car park. Head east along the A1 towards Dunbar. At the roundabout just before Dunbar, take the first exit; then at the second roundabout take the second exit onto the A1087 and turn left after mile onto a minor road signed to the CP.
Grid ref: NT651785

Coordinator: Hugh Conner

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07951 283901

Wed
12

Members' Night

Location: Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, Napier University, Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, 10, Napier University, Colinton Road, Craiglockhart Campus, EDINBURGH
Postcode: EH14 1DJ (Google map)

Members' Night

AGM/Series of Short Talks/Prize Quiz

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Local Group Members £2, non-members £3, under 16s free

E-mail: grant.donaldson60@btinternet.com

January 2019

Tue
15

Illustrated talk

Location: Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, Napier University, Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, 10, Napier University, Colinton Road, Craiglockhart Campus, EDINBURGH
Postcode: EH14 1DJ (Google map)

'Fighting Raptor Persecution'

Ian Thomson (RSPB Head of Investigations)

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Local Group Members £2, non-members £3, under 16s free

E-mail: grant.donaldson60@btinternet.com

Sun
20

East Coast Hop and Social

Location: East Coast Hop and Social

Details to follow

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Wed
23

Aberlady Bay LNR

Location: Aberlady Bay LNR

Details to follow

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

February 2019

Wed
6

John Muir Country Park and Belhaven Bay

Location: John Muir Country Park and Belhaven Bay

Details to follow

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Wed
20

Illustrated talk

Location: Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, Napier University, Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, 10, Napier University, Colinton Road, Craiglockhart Campus, EDINBURGH
Postcode: EH14 1DJ (Google map)

'RSPB Loch Lomond'

Paula Baker (Site Manager) or staff

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Local Group Members £2, non-members £3, under 16s free

E-mail: grant.donaldson60@btinternet.com

Sat
23

Linlithgow Loch and Blackness

Location: Linlithgow Loch and Blackness

Details to follow

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

March 2019

Sun
10

Coach Outing to RSPB Mersehead

Location: Coach Outing to RSPB Mersehead

Full details to follow

Time: TBC

Price: TBC

Booking essential

Wed
13

Scone Palace

Location: Scone Palace

Details to follow

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Tue
19

Bryan Nelson Memorial Lecture

Location: Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, Napier University, Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, 10, Napier University, Colinton Road, Craiglockhart Campus, EDINBURGH
Postcode: EH14 1DJ (Google map)

Brian Nelson Memorial Lecture
(in collaboration with The Scottish Seabird Centre)

'The marine environment, its importance and conservation issues'

Professor Colin Moffat

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Local Group Members £2 (see Winter 2018 Newsletter for booking details)

Booking essential

E-mail: grant.donaldson60@btinternet.com

Sun
24

Fife Coast

Location: Fife Coast

Details to follow

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

April 2019

Wed
17

Illustrated talk

Location: Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, Napier University, Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, 10, Napier University, Colinton Road, Craiglockhart Campus, EDINBURGH
Postcode: EH14 1DJ (Google map)

'Working with Landowners'

Chris Bailey (RSPB Advisory Manager)

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Local Group Members £2, non-members £3, under 16s free

E-mail: grant.donaldson60@btinternet.com

Wed
24

Harestanes

Location: Harestanes

Details to follow

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Sat
27

Pressmennan

Location: Pressmennan

Details to follow

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

May 2019

Sun
5

Corstorphine Hill - Dawn chorus

Location: Corstorphine Hill

Details to follow

Time: 6 am

Price: Free

Sat
11

Hadfast Quarry and Ormiston Path

Location: Hadfast Quarry and Ormiston Path

Details to follow

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Wed
22

Moorfoots

Location: Moorfoots

Details to follow

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Sun
26

Coach Outing to RSPB Loch of Kinordy and Murton Nature Reserve

Location: Coach Outing to RSPB Loch of Kinordy and Murton Nature Reserve

Full details to follow

Time: TBC

Price: TBC

Booking essential

June 2019

Sun
9

Loch Leven and Findatie

Location: Loch Leven and Findatie

Details to follow

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Wed
12

Blackford Hill - Evening walk

Location: Blackford Hill

Details to follow

Time: 6 pm

Price: Free

September 2019

Wed
11

Fife Ness

Location: Fife Ness

Details to follow

Time: 10 am

Price: Free