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!



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


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.

Apr 192015

Geocaching (pronounced “jee-o-cash-ing”) is an outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to find hidden containers called geocaches.

There are millions of them all over the world.

You’ve probably walked past several already.

You might even be very close to one right now…

(don’t believe us? Take a look at this geocaching map of East Lothian – every box represents a hidden cache !)

geocaching001To go geocaching you need a GPS receiver (or an app on a smartphone)

You also need to create an account at www.geocaching.com (it’s quick, easy and free)

Choose a geocache to find (search by place name or postcode).

Enter the coordinates of your chosen geocache into your GPS receiver and follow the arrow!

geocaching002Some geocaches called multi-caches involve solving clues to find the final coordinates. They can be lots of fun and take you to places you never knew existed.

Geocaches come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny magnetic ones the size of a watch battery (handy for disguising as a bolt on a bench or bus shelter) to lunchbox-sized plastic containers hidden in a crook of a tree.

All of the geocaches contain a log book in which the finder signs their name. Larger caches often contain small toys and novelties which the you can swap!

geocaching003Next time you and our family plan to go for a walk or a day trip, why not combine it with a spot of geocaching?

p.s. East Lothian’s newest geocache ‘This Charming Park (GC5RD5B)’ can be found in Cuthill Park – but you’ll have to work out exactly where yourself!