Guided Walk at St Abb’s Head

Saturday 10th June 10.20 – 3.00

A walk on the National Trust’s St Abb’s Head reserve to look for flora and birdlife. Good paths but some steep sections – a good level of fitness is required. Call for car share details. Meet at the visitor centre next to the car park (NT913674). Venue charges an addmission fee: adult £5.00, child £3.00.

Contact Peter Bain 0131-447 8937

Linlithgow Seed Potato Day

In February SWT had a presence at Linlithgow’s Seed Potato Day.  Burgh Beautiful and Transition Linlithgow are promoting the use of peat-free compost and calling on gardens to help protect the environment.  From June TL will have a bed in the centre of the town ‘Protecting our Peatlands’.  Do visit the town and see its excellent hanging baskets, all with peat-free compost, and its many colourful and creative barrels and beds.  Burgh Beautiful has taken on all of West Lothian Council planters and beds and is always looking for more volunteers to help add to the wildlife aspects of this historic town.Averil Stewart

Bioblitz

Fancy taking part in a Bioblitz?

Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture is situated on farmland just outside Edinburgh near Ingliston and they’re looking for your help! They’re hoping to carry out a Bioblitz (or an intensive survey over the course of the day to record all forms of biodiversity they can manage e.g. insects, birds, plants, fungi) one weekend in late August or early September. Expert and amateur volunteers are welcome to help build a picture of the biodiversity present on the site. If you’d like to take part or want more information please email Karen.pearson@swtlothians.org.uk

Bass Rock Trip

Sat 28th May 10:30 (TBC) to 15:00 – Sea Bird Centre & Bass Rock
Visit to Seabird Centre, North Berwick and boat trip to Craigleith and Bass Rock. The boat trip is likely to last around 1 hour. The start time is TBC, depending on the tides and schedule.  Cost approx £20 for boat trip and day ticket to sea bird centre.  Please contact Gordon Swann soon on 0131 334 4769 as places are in short supply on weekends and are going fast.

Walks in Dalkeith Oaks

Take a walk in the Oak Wood in Dalkeith Country Park with artist Anne Gilchrist.

Dalkeith Country ParkSee the landscape in a new way by coming across site-specific paintings, which were
created in this woodland. Dalkeith Country Park 3

Dalkeith Country Park 2Get closer to nature – discover how a landscape is made up of many details, which come together and are interconnected.

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April 2016 – 2pm-5pm on both days – Cost: £12 (£8)
Walk is over rough ground. Wear clean outdoor footwear, warm clothing and bring waterproofs.  Tea/coffee will be provided. No dogs. Children over the age of 10 (this is primarily intended as an event for adults).

To book a place ring 07955193160 or e-mail info@annegilchrist.co.uk

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