Events 2016

INDOOR EVENTS 2016

Unless otherwise stated lectures start at 7.30pm on Thursdays and are held at the Guide Headquarters, 33 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7JF. Admission is free and non members welcome. To arrange disabled access, please contact Peter Bain on 0131 447 8937 before the event.

Thu 11 Feb – Science at the Botanics
Professor Pete Hollingsworth, Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, will give us an overview of science at the Botanics and an introduction to some of his own work on the use of genetics in plant conservation including work on rare Scottish species.  Contact Karen Pearson (karen.pearson@swtlothians.org.uk).

Thu 10 March – Wild about Weeds
Our commonest wild plants are often the most overlooked and undervalued – or simply eradicated as pests. In doing so we are neglecting a wonderful resource, available right on our doorstep. Our native weeds have a rich and vibrant history of uses for food, medicine, and many other purposes, sustaining the poor in times of need and enriching our cultural heritage along the way. They continue to play a vital role in Scottish biodiversity. Join Anna of Floramedica on a virtual wild walk on Thursday 10 March to find out more.  Contact Karen Pearson (karen.pearson@swtlothians.org.uk).

Thu 21 April – AGM & Bawsinch and Duddingston Loch SWT Nature Reserve
Ken Knowles, Reserve Convenor, will update us on developments at this reserve which we have recently been able to extend significantly.  As well as illustrating some of the wildlife to be found in the reserve, the talk will describe some of the history of the area and give an insight into the work involved in managing the reserve including the recent  introduction of cattle from the SWT Flying Flock (or Herd for pedants) to provide conservation grazing of the reserve extension.  Contact Karen Pearson (karen.pearson@swtlothians.org.uk).

Thu 20 October – Edinburgh’s Living Landscape
Leonie Alexander of Edinburgh’s Living Landscape project will give an introduction to this
ambitious urban environment project as well as providing a number of examples of practical action taken so far.  Contact Colin Shepherd (colin.shepherd@swtlothians.org.uk).

Thu 10 November – Timing is everything: phenology and climate change
Dr Ally Phillimore from the University of Edinburgh will join us to give us a brief introduction to the study of seasons and some examples of the impact earlier springs are having on the species around us.  Contact Peter Bain (0131 447 8937).

Thu  8 December – A bicycle-stop tour of the 120 SWT Nature Reserves
Dr Tim Duffy, the longest serving SWT trustee and the man who cycled them all for the Trust last year.  Giving you a flavour of the variety and geographical spread of the reserves – from far-flung reaches to those in your back yard you may have never thought to visit!  Contact Declan Duffy (0793 101 5891).

OUTDOOR EVENTS 2016

Our three fully booked 2015 badger watches were very successful with all the groups getting to see badgers. This year the badger watches will be held in a new location in the Pentlands, the cost will remain at £5 and the start time is likely to remain as 7:30pm. We are now able to take bookings for the three 2016 dates Tuesday 28th June, Wednesday 6th July and Thursday 14th July. Children over 10 are welcome when accompanied by an adult & we can send you more information about what to wear & what to bring closer to the time. If you would like to come please email karen.pearson@swtlothians.org.uk stating the dates in your order of preference. Please note that places are issued on a first come first served basis & these events are likely to fill up fast.

Sun 10th April 14:00 to 16:00 – Guided Walk at Bawsinch Nature Reserve
A guided walk in Bawsinch Nature Reserve or simply bird watch from the hide and walk around part of the normally closed reserve.  Meet at Bawsinch hide at 2PM.  Free, donation appreciated.  Contact Ken Knowles  (0131 539 6643).

Sat 23rd April 10:30 to 13:00– Walk & Workshop
Following her talk in March, Anna Canning will take us on a wild plant workshop & walk at the Hermitage of Braid. This event will start at 10:30 am, finishing at 1 pm. The event will cost £7 per person (under 12s free) including a set of plant notes & recipes to be emailed to participants after the event. We have up to 20 places available for this event, please book by emailing karen.pearson@swtlothians.org.uk.

Sun 8th May 14:00 to 16:00 – Guided Walk at Bawsinch Nature Reserve
A guided walk in Bawsinch Nature Reserve or simply bird watch from the hide and walk around part of the normally closed reserve.  Meet at Bawsinch hide at 2PM.  Free, donation appreciated.  Contact Ken Knowles  (0131 539 6643).

Sat 14th May 10:30 to 13:30 – Aberlady Bay Reserve walk
Mainly to see summer migrant birds but we will also look at flowers and insects – led by John Harrison. Free, donation appreciated.  Meet at Aberlady Bay Local Nature Reserve Car Park (OS Landranger 66: NT 472804).  Contact Colin Shepherd (colin.shepherd@swtlothians.org.uk).

Sun 22nd May 12:00 to 17:00 – Reserve open day at Red Moss of Balerno SWT reserve, Edinburgh
A number of activities are on offer including guided tours, pond dipping, and a wildlife quiz. Experts will be available to explain the importance of the reserve.
Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve Manager for South East Scotland, Julian Warman, said: “This is a great chance to find out more about an under-appreciated haven for wildlife. Red Moss of Balerno is the only raised bog in the City of Edinburgh. It is an important habitat that is home to an array of species including dragonflies, lizards and frogs.”

For more information including direction to the reserve visit
http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserve/red-moss-of-balerno/

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 going fast.

Sun 5th June 14:00 to 16:00 – Guided Walk at Bawsinch Nature Reserve
A guided walk in Bawsinch Nature Reserve or simply bird watch from the hide and walk around part of the normally closed reserve.  Meet at Bawsinch hide at 2PM.  Free, donation appreciated.  Contact Ken Knowles  (0131 539 6643).

Sun 24th July 14:00 to 16:00 – Guided Walk at Bawsinch Nature Reserve
A guided walk in Bawsinch Nature Reserve or simply bird watch from the hide and walk around part of the normally closed reserve.  Meet at Bawsinch hide at 2PM.  Free, donation appreciated.  Contact Ken Knowles  (0131 539 6643).

Thu 11th August 20:45 to 22:00 – Bat Walk at Blackford Pond
An event with volunteers from Lothain bat group who will bring bat detectors to enable us to hear the bats’ ultrasonic echo-location calls. On previous walks we have seen pipistrelles and Daubenton’s bats. Bring insect repellent! Meet inside the gate to Blackford Pond on Cluny Gardens at the junction with Oswald Road. A £3.00 donation is optional but appreciated. Contact Peter Bain (0131 447 8937).

Sun 21st August 14:00 to 16:00 – Guided Walk at Bawsinch Nature Reserve
A guided walk in Bawsinch Nature Reserve or simply bird watch from the hide and walk around part of the normally closed reserve.  Meet at Bawsinch hide at 2PM.  Free, donation appreciated.  Contact Ken Knowles  (0131 539 6643).

Sun 4th September 11:00 – Water of Leith Guided Walk
A walk along this fascinating river that runs through the centre of Edinburgh. As a follow on from her talk last year Helen Brown will guide us along a stretch of this waterway giving us an overview of its flora and fauna. Meet at Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh. Cost is £3.  Contact Peter Bain (0131 447 8937).

Sun 18th September 14:00 to 16:00 – Guided Walk at Bawsinch Nature Reserve
A guided walk in Bawsinch Nature Reserve or simply bird watch from the hide and walk around part of the normally closed reserve.  Meet at Bawsinch hide at 2PM.  Free, donation appreciated.  Contact Ken Knowles  (0131 539 6643).

Sat 1st October 12:00 to 14:00 – Musselburgh Lagoons Walk
Autumn Birdwatching visit to Musselburgh led by Ranger Nick Aitken.  Meet at Goose Green, Balcarres Road, Musselburgh (NT347734).  Contact Colin Shepherd (colin.shepherd@swtlothians.org.uk).

Sat 8th October 15:30 to 18:00 – Aberlady Bay walk
Goose Watching Event and walk led by Reserve Warden John Harrison.  Meet at Aberlady Bay Reserve Car Park, Aberlady (NT472804).  Contact Colin Shepherd (colin.shepherd@swtlothians.org.uk).

Sun 16th October 14:00 to 16:00 – Guided Walk at Bawsinch Nature Reserve
A guided walk in Bawsinch Nature Reserve or simply bird watch from the hide and walk around part of the normally closed reserve.  Meet at Bawsinch hide at 2PM.  Free, donation appreciated.  Contact Ken Knowles  (0131 539 6643).

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