Jun 052015
 

Waterston House, SOC HQ

Date: 7 June 2015
Time: Various – see below for details
Price: Free

Now in its tenth year, the garden at Waterston House has grown to be a popular attraction with the local community and summer visitors, who are treated to a blaze of colour from the beds and wildflower meadows, which are buzzing with life. For the birds we also have a small busy feeding station and the building itself is a regular nesting site for Starlings, Swallows and Tits.

All the events below are free and entry is on a first come, first served basis on the day. With the exception of the mothing event, no advance booking is required, just turn up!

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PROGRAMME

09:00- 11:00 Magical Mystery Moths (East Lothian Countryside Rangers Service)

Come and discover a wonderful variety of moths of all shapes and colours and help us set them free from the moth traps. The SOC garden has become a haven for over 100 different species of moth, including a first for Scotland last year! To book a place, call 01620 827421

11:30-11:45 Garden tour

By Stan da Prato and the Waterston House gardening volunteers

 

12:00 -12:30 How to Identify Garden Birds by Song as well as Appearance

Illustrated talk by Stan da Prato

 

12:45-13:00 Garden tour

By Stan da Prato and the Waterston House gardening volunteers

 

13:30-14:00 How to Attract Birds into Gardens and How Useful are Gardens to Birds?

Illustrated talk by Stan da Prato

 

14:15-14:30 Garden tour

By Stan da Prato and the gardening volunteers

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Stan da Prato is a former President of the SOC and has been an editor of the Club’s journal, Scottish Birds, for over 30 years. Stan is also a horticulturist, editor of The Caledonian Gardener and a leading member of the award-winning North Berwick in Bloom team – who better to be your guide for this special garden event!

In addition to the scheduled events, coinciding with Aberlady Gala Week, the Waterston House shop will be open as usual, offering a range of resources for birdwatchers (including optical equipment, field guides, tide timetables, local birdwatching map), a selection of high quality birdfood and lifetime guarantee feeders, new and second hand natural history books and nature-inspired cards and gifts. Our gallery will also be open, exhibiting the latest work by wildlife artist, Lucy Newton.

Dec 262014
 

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian have issued an appeal for witnesses to an attempted theft from a house in Aberlady this morning (December 26, 2014) in which a family pet was killed.

The incident took place in the town’s
Tranter Crescent about 1.45am while the family was sleeping.

The occupants disturbed the two men in the house, who then escaped.

They then discovered the intruders removed their eight-week-old puppy from its cage in the kitchen and had killed it.

The first suspect is described as a white male about 25 years old, 5’9” – 5’10”, medium build, with a spotty (acne) chin/mouth area. He was wearing a dark coloured hoodie with a light zip and pull cords on the hood, dark colour tracksuit bottoms and dark shoes or trainers.

The second suspect is described as being a man of similar build and height also wearing dark clothing.

Detective Inspector Samantha Ainslie, who is leading the investigation, said:

This was a horrific and cruel incident and it is essential we trace these men as soon as possible.

In the meantime our enquiries are ongoing and high visibility reassurance patrols are being conducted in the local area.

Anyone who recognises the description of the men, or who has any information about this incident is asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Oct 132012
 

L&B Police LogoLothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses after two caravans were set alight in East Lothian.

The incident happened around 1am Thursday at the Aberlady Caravan Site.

Two separate units were found alight and Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service attended to tackle the blaze.

Both caravans were completely destroyed as a result of the fires, while several others in the surrounding area sustained minor flame damage.

Detectives are treating this incident as suspicious and would urge anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

A police spokesman said:

Fortunately neither of the caravans were occupied at the time or this could have been a far more serious incident.

Nevertheless, these fires resulted in several thousand pounds worth of damage and we are carrying out local enquiries to identify those responsible.

Anyone who was in or around the caravan site in the early hours of yesterday morning and remembers seeing anything suspicious is asked to contact police immediately.

If you have any information, please contact Lothian and Borders Police using the following contact details: