Lothians Annual General Meeting – Thursday 17 September, 19.30-20.00

We will be running our AGM on Zoom this year on the 17th September between 19:30- 20:00. Scottish Wildlife Trust members living in the Lothians are welcome to come and listen to a summary of our year, ask questions, and meet the proposed new committee.

The zoom meeting details will be sent to all Lothian members currently on the Trust’s email list. If you have not received this email by 8th September and wish to join the meeting or have any questions, please contact Nick – chair@swtlothians.org.uk

The Chair’s report, Summary of accounts and the list of proposed committee members can be found below:

Chair’s Report 2020

Summary of accounts for 2019-20

Proposed committee 2020

 

Trustees’ Award for Volunteering – deadline for nominations 21st August

Our Trustees’ Award for volunteering celebrate the broad range of activities carried out by our volunteers, and the enormous impact they have on our work. This year there are four categories, including new awards for groups and young people. The winners of each award will be announced by Chair Linda Rosborough at our National Members’ Day, further details on our website here.

Anyone can nominate a Trust volunteer for these awards, to make a nomination please send a brief outline of the impact that the volunteer’s work has had and how they are an example to others.  Nominations should be sent by email to Peter Gilbert pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

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

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.

Entertaining and Educational Evening in Linlithgow

There was a good turnout for the lecture at Linlithgow Burgh Halls on Tuesday evening. The two speakers gave an insight into the issues faced in reviving waterways; recovering from our industrial past while not ignoring current pollution causes, with particular focus on invasive species.

Alison Baker from the River Forth Fisheries Trust gave us an informative talk on the issues seen in the Forth area. Harry Millar from the River Avon Federation focused on waterways local to Linlithgow, presenting inspiring images of the recovery of the River Avon.

This was a fundraising event run jointly with Linlithgow’s Burgh Beautiful – Linlithgow won a silver gilt in Britain in Bloom last year when representing Scotland in the ‘town’ category. The sum of £167.32 was raised in total when divided between the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Burgh Beautiful, means that both organisations are the better of by £83.66.

Thanks to all involved in the organisation and delivery of an excellent lecture in an ideal venue.

Chris Davidson

EDINBURGH NATURE RESERVE OPEN DAY

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

Dancing Grebes on Linlithgow Loch. 28 March 2015

It was a wild and wet Saturday morning but 14 of us were undaunted and the Great-crested Grebes rewarded us.  There were three pairs, a couple of single males, a dabchick or two and lots of tufted ducks and coots.  However, it was to see the grebes display that we had to brave the early rising.  While not a full display with head waving, shaking weed and ruffles raised, one pair did rise up and beautifully weave themselves around each other for all of a minute and then sail off.

A dozen of us then retired to the warmth of the West Port Hotel for a hearty breakfast and good conversation.

Averil Stewart

Photos courtesy of Sarah Forbes.

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Outing to Aberlady. 11 October 2014

This was the most rewarding outing to Aberlady that I can remember. The tide was out but starting to creep back in on a very fine autumnal afternoon. Our group consisted of 23 adults and a babe of 8 months in a backpack carrier. The warden John Harrison was ready and waiting for us.

From the car park we could see Widgeon, Curlew, Barnacle Geese, Oystercatchers and a single Ruff. A telescope was set up by John in order to give us a better look. As we crossed the bridge a Kingfisher was spotted and from the other side we had a good view of a couple of Greenshank. We proceeded onwards and the sightings just got better. As flocks of Lapwing and Golden Plover swept around us we spied a solitary Scaup and a group of smartly turned out Shelduck. A large flock of Pink Footed Geese were spotted way out on the sandbars. Mallards, Starlings, Swans, Herons and even 3 Little Egret all made appearances. As a beautiful sunset began to build the Geese skeins started to come in overhead and many of us lingered to see more arrive. The weather remained clear on a lovely evening.

Altogether it was an excellent outing in the right place at the right time, Aberlady at its best. Thanks to John for helping us to see so much.

Jill Neufeld