Birdwatching in the area

If it's birds you're here to see, you're in luck all year round

Birdwatching in the area

© Laurie Campbell

© Laurie Campbell

Waterston House is nestled in amongst prime birding territory and is within easy reach of some of Scotland’s best coastal birdwatching sites. Make the centre your first stop – a recent sightings board, tide tables, map and friendly staff and volunteers are all on hand to help you make the most of your visit to the area. Depending on which time of the year you visit, swallows, swifts, Pink-footed Geese or waxwings might be around for your visit!



Birdwatching on the East Lothian coast

East Lothian’s wide range of habitats along 40miles of coastline, means a correspondingly large number of bird species can be seen within a relatively small and accessible geographical area and if it’s birds you’re here to see, you’re in luck all year round.

To guide you to some of the best sites along the coast, the Club has produced a free birdwatching guide (reprinted September 2015), partly funded by The Birds of Scotland Fund which you can download here.

Featured sites include: Musselburgh Lagoons, Gosford Bay, Aberlady Bay, Bass Rock, John Muir Country Park, Dunbar and Barns Ness. The leaflet offers a suggested route around each of the sites and provides map and access information, as well as an overview of the species that you might come across during your visit.

Printing the leaflet may prove challenging to the ordinary printer due to its size and double-sided nature. Please send us a SAE (to our Waterston House address) if you would like a copy posted out to you. The leaflet is a standard size so an ordinary 1st/2nd class stamp will do.


Birdwatching for Beginners Guided Walks

If you’re commonly left wondering what bird species has just flown overhead (and would like to find out), or you just want to brush up on your ID skills, then our Birdwatching for Beginners course could be for you! The courses take the form of a series of four guided walks, led by experienced birdwatchers to various sites and habitats in the Lothian’s. The course costs £28 (£20 members), for the four walks, each walk lasting approximately 3 hours. These are a great way to get started and make some new friends at the same time! To find out more about the walks and to add your name to the waiting list please contact .



Useful links:

Find out our recommended birdwatching sites across Scotland, visit our Where to birdwatch pages.

Visit the SOC Lothian branch and the Lothian recording area pages.

Browse Lothian Bird News for the latest Lothian-based sightings, bird news and topical discussion.

For up-to-the-minute information on bird sightings and rarities in the Lothians, contact Birdline Scotland on 09068 700234.* Please note this is a premium rate service.

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