22nd & 23rd January Collections

Dear Volunteers
I am delighted to report that 22nd & 23rd January collections at Tesco Colinton brought in the grand total of £857.38.  The Friday was such a filthy day not surprisingly there were fewer shoppers and donations less (£388.92).  However the following day was so much milder that there was almost £80 more (£468.46).  A few membership leaflets were given out and the hand puppets certainly entertained many of the shoppers besides children.  A very worthwhile couple of days.
A big thank you to those who gave up a couple of hours to raise much needed funds which help sponsor the lecture programme and help with management on local nature reserves such as Bawsinch and Petershill, Bathgate.
I hope to receive a couple more dates from Tesco HQ and elsewhere and will be in touch again.
Meantime we have held 11 days in this financial year and raised £4641.96, a marginal average drop from last year.
Again many thanks, warm regards and all the best for 2016
Averil Stewart

Latest on Can Collections

Two days 26/27 June raised the goodly sum of £909.64 at Sainsbury’s Cameron Toll. This will help buy brush-cutting equipment for the management of reserves. Funds will be needed to support the lecture programme and other activities in 2016 so more volunteers are sought. A 2-hour stint in a superstore near you need not be too onerous so please let Averil know if you would like to join the willing band of SWT enthusiasts. Perhaps more important is the search for someone to work alongside Averil over the next year, prior to her retiring in her mid-seventies! This too need not be too onerous. If interested in knowing more, please give her a ring: 01506 842676

Thank you to our volunteers

Recent collections raised the following:
2015-16 29 May 15 Tesco Bathgate  £446.40
30 May 15  £434.12  £880.52
26 Jun 15 Sainsburys Cameron Toll  £470.12
27 Jun 15  £438.47  £908.59
Eight days this financial year have brought in £3311.62. This money helps subsidise the local lecture programme and events as well as with the management of local SWT reserves in the Lothians.
The next can collection will be held on on Friday 18 September from 10-6pm at Tesco Superstore, Bonnyrigg Road, Dalkeith  EH22 3PP
If interested in volunteering for a 2-hour stint please contact Averil Stewart 01506 842676


Fund-raising through can collections since April 2015 has brought in the following:

2015-16 24 Apr 15 Sainsbury Meadowbank  £360.96
25 Apr 15  £357.87  £718.83
8 May 15 Tesco Broughton Rd  £408.81
9 May 15  £395.12  £803.93

Many thanks to volunteers who participate in the 2-hour stints. And to customers who increasingly give generously.  Contrary to belief, only 1% of collections are made up of coppers.  Our presence in supermarkets is also a good way of raising awareness of the work of the Scottish Wildlife Trust and often saying ‘Hello’ to members.

Our next collections are as follows:
29th & 30th May, Tesco Bathgate
26th & 27th June, Sainsbury Cameron Toll

VOLUNTEERS are needed so if you are willing to do a slot of 2-hours in a venue near you please contact Averil Stewart 01506 842676.  It can be quite fun being on duty with another like-minded enthusiast for Scotland Wildlife.  The money is critical to the management of our local wildlife reserves and to subsidising the lecture programme plus making a contribution to SWT HQ.

Averil Stewart


Sunday 31st May 12 noon to 5pm

Visitors given opportunity to experience wonders of Edinburgh bog during ‘Scottish Biodiversity Week’

The Scottish Wildlife Trust will welcome the public to its Red Moss Wildlife Reserve near Balerno in Edinburgh on Sunday 31st May, giving visitors the chance to explore one of the most endangered wildlife habitats in the Scottish countryside. Guided tours will be one of the many free activities that will be on offer throughout the day. This will give people a chance to engage with Scottish wildlife at a rare peatland area.

As a raised bog, Red Moss is one of the few remaining peatlands in Scotland. They are extremely rare wildlife habitats, home to many species that can only live in such environments.

With experts on hand, the Red Moss Open Day is set to reveal secrets behind this special place, with a whole host of activities on offer during this free afternoon. From pond-dipping to a wildlife quiz, visitors will be able to find out more about the plants and animals living there. The reserve is situated just one mile south of Balerno on the north side of the Pentland Hills, 9 miles south-west of Edinburgh and about 1 mile south of Balerno. Car parking is available in Threipmuir Car Park adjacent to Red Moss of Balerno Wildlife Reserve (grid reference OS Landranger, Map 65. NT 164 637).  Red Moss Wildlife Reserve Open Day is on Sunday 31st May from 12 noon to 5.00 pm. It is free admission but voluntary contributions are welcomed. It is advised that visitors wear appropriate clothing and be prepared for the weather

Thank You

Thanks to our volunteers for their recent sterling efforts raising an impressive total of £1,595.51 over 3 days of can collecting in April at Tesco Bathgate and Sainsbury’s Cameron Toll.

If anyone out there could volunteer 2 hours at one of our future can collecting dates please get in touch with Averil Stewart ( 01506 842676 or  gaveril.stewart@virgin.net)

Next days for collecting are:

Saturday Sept 6th 10-6 at Tesco, Linlithgow

Saturday Sept 20th 10-6 at Asda, Straiton

Friday Oct 17th 10-4 at Sainsbury’s, Linlithgow