All the walks are on Wednesdays and start at 10:30. Please join us if you are interested in participating in one or more of our walks and please inform the named walk coordinator by phone or email in advance.
New members are always welcome. Please contact the group coordinator, Tony Elger (01620 842525) or Jill at the Scottish Seabird Centre Office, for further details.
Please wear sturdy footwear and allow for all kinds of weather. If you have binoculars, do bring them with you.
Seabird Centre Walking with Birds Programme 2018/2019
19 September: Arniston House, near Gorebridge, Midlothian.
Meet at Park near house, EH23 4RY. GR: NT 325 596
Coordinator; Gordon Spears, email@example.com
Tel: 01875 820971, mobile: 07763 467790
17 October, RSPB Loch Leven Nature Reserve (Vane Farm) Kinross
Meet at car aprk next to RSPB visitor centre, KY13 9LX. GR: NT161 992
Note, charge for non RSPB members, £5 concesssion)
Coordinator: Irene Nichol firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01620 893207, mobile: 07516 495129
14 November, Cramond causeway and River Almond (safe tide 10.55am to 12.45)
Meet at car park in Cramond Village GR: NT191 770
Coordinator: Nigel Hewlett nghewlett@yahoo
Mobile; 07756 010383
12 December 2018, Aberlady Bay Nature Erserve (with Christmas Lunch at Craigielaw Gold Club)
Meet at small car park off 198 East of Aberlady Village. GR: NT 471 805
Coordinator: Tony Elger email@example.com
Tel: 01620 842525, mobile: 07779 987362
16 January 2019, John Muir Country Park, Belhaven Bay, Near Dunbar.
Follow access road off A10087 west of West Barns. Meet in car park near play area
(charge of £2 for parking). EH421XF. GR NT 651 788.
Coordinator: Mark Lindsay
Tel: 01368 860624
Further walks are planned for the following destinations, details to follow soon:
February: Port Seton, March: River Esk from Musselburgh, April: Dalkeith Country PArk, May: Pressmenan Wood, June: Yellowcraig.
Bird Lists 2018
7 March 2018: Cramond Island
Mallard, goosander, black-headed gull, curlew, redshank, carrion crow, turnstone, greater blak-backed gull, mure swan, sanderling, herring gull, godwit, oystercatcher, greenshank, lesser black-backed gull, blue tit, goose (pink-footed)
13th June 2018: Hopes Reservoir
greylag goose, buzzard, red grouse, pheasant, oystercatcher, lapwing, curlew, common sandpiper, black-headed gull, herring gull, skylark, sand martin, swallow, house martin, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, wren, robin, song thrush, mistle thrush, blackcap (heard), chiffchaff, willow warbler, spotted flycatcher, coal tit, jackdaw, rook, carrion crow, linnet, lesser redpoll, bullfinch (31 species).
14 November: Cramond causeway and River Almond
Black-headed gull, herring gull, common gull, lapwing, mute swan, carrion crow, curlew, turnstone, shelduck, goosander, buzzard, starling, heron, little grebe, mallard, magpie, robin, redshank, pied wagtail, greenshank, dunlin, knot.
Bird Lists 2017
22 March 2017: List of birds spotted on Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh:
Magpie, carrion crow, blue tit, wood pigeon, stock dove, song thrush,m dunnock, chaffinch, jackdaw, wren, great tit, blackbird, bullfinch, mistle thrush, buzzard, goldfinch, robin, house sparrow and nuthatch.
19 April 2017: River Esk walk from Musselburgh
Eight people had a pleasant walk up the Esk from Musselburgh and saw mute swans, greylag geese, Canada geese, mallard, a pair of goosander, common sandpiper, herring gull, lesser and greater black-backed gulls, woodpigeon, swallow, grey wagtail, dipper, dunnock, robin, blackbird, blackcap, chiffchaff, willow warbler, blue tit, great tit, magpie, carrion crow, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, greenfinch and goldfinch.
Also noteworthy were three types of garlic (garlic mustard, wild garlic and ramsons) and extensive purple toothwort.
14 June 2017: Around Yellowcraig
Lists of birds seen and/or heard(*) on Seabird Centre bird walk at Yellowcraig 14 June 2017
Blackbird, [lesser?] black-backed gull, buzzard, chaffinch, *chiffchaff, crow, eider, gannet, great tit, heron, herring gull, oystercatcher, piedwagtail, rook, shag, treecreeper, *willow warbler, wood pigeon, *song thrush.
There were also beautiful orchids, twayblades and yellow rattle flowers on the grassland.
6 September 2017
Three of us had a most pleasant walk around North Berwick this morning, in sunshine!
Birds seen: wood pigeon, ferral pigeon, starling, carrion crow, blue tit, great tit, robin, blackbird (m/f), swallow,
pied wagtail, nuthatch, song thrush, gold crest, gannet, shag, cormorant, great black-backed gull, tern (sandwich?), oystercatcher and juvenile eider. Also spotted a speckled wood butterfly.
4 October 2017: Barns Ness
Four of us went walking at Barns Ness this morning. It was very cold and windy! Birds hiding!
Those we managed to see included gannet, oystercatcher, herring gull, pink-footed geese, carrion crow, cormorant, great-black-backed gull, pipit, magpie, redshank, kestrel, goldfinch, heron, bar-tailed godwit.
1 November 2017: Aberlady Nature Reserve
Birds seen: Blackbird, bullfinch, carrion crow, curlew, dunlin, little egret (three), black-tailed godwit, goldfinch, pink-footed goose, great black-backed gull, herring gull, lapwing, mallard, oystercatcher, peregrine falcon, redshank, robin, shelduck, mute swan, house sparrow, wigeon, woodpigeon.