What we're about

This is a group for folk who like exploring the natural places in & around Edinburgh, sharing our knowledge and learning from each other. Our events are informal and everyone is welcome to contribute ideas for future events.

In this time of ecological crisis, getting to know the plants and animals with whom we share this planet is not just good for our own wellbeing, it also helps us understand how these other living beings are getting on and how we can support them to thrive.

We ask for a small donation (£1 - £5) at each meet to help cover the Meetup admin costs of around £170/year.

We are keen to build community around our connection with nature. We'd like members to be active in planning, organising and co-hosting events. Co-hosts might do any of the following: plan or suggest an event at a place they know well, do a site recce for interesting species or facilities, arrange to be the contact person for the meet, use their special areas of interest or knowledge (e.g. key out specimens or search for info on internet), take photos, write notes or species lists.

PLEASE NOTE:

We are often over-subscribed for the events with restricted numbers. We ask members not to cancel at short notice so that those on the waiting list have a fair chance of attending. No shows are particularly irksome! Folk who repeatedly book and then make late cancellations will be moved from the 'going' list to the waiting list; and those who no show will get a warning & if they no show a 2nd time they'll be removed from the group. We hope we don't need to use this - you can message us via the app or on our mobile if you have a problem on the day. Thanks for your understanding!

As we're looking for active members, people that do not visit the Meetup page at least once every six months will be removed from the group.

Upcoming events (5+)

Roslin Glen wilderness walk

Rosslyn Chapel

This is a regular walk in (what I consider) the most amazing place of nature anywhere in the Lothians. There are a few different routes and I will chat with you about which we want to go on. In any case, the walk will be around 4-6 miles in length, usually with a lot of ascending and descending, and one or more obstacles we'll need to clamber over. Trainers are OK but unfortunately these walks are not suitable if you have mobility problems, sorry! We will meet outside of Rosslyn Chapel. To get to Roslin from the city, catch the 37 bus heading to Penicuik, and get off at the Original Rosslyn Inn (when the driver tells the tourists it is time for Rosslyn Chapel). Please do not get the 15, as it no longer goes to Roslin. Alternatively, there is a dedicated cycle path from Sheriffhall / Gilmerton / Loanhead to Roslin, or from Penicuik take the cycle path to Auchendinny and the road is quiet from there. There is car parking available at the chapel. Unless agreed with everyone present, the walk will be circular. I usually finish the walks at lunchtime, outside a pub or cafe. There is the option to do a longer walk if everyone agrees. Dogs are okay, so long as you bring a lead with you and can lift them over a fallen tree if required. There is a suggested donation of £1 or £2 to cover meetup costs.

Rockpools and seaweeds

Esplanade Terrace

We ll explore Joppa Rocks - top spot for rockpools and a local geological site of interest - as the tide falls ,and do some surveying of seaweeds as part of a national citizen science project. The rocks are always a bit slippy so grippy footwear is a good idea, fishing nets if you have them, and ID guides to sea shore life. ( Ill bring my favourite ever field guide, The Collins Pocket Guide to the Sea Shore, by Peter Hayward et al, easily found in second hand bookshops). Details of the seaweed survey are here - we ll probably do this in teams https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/citizen-science/big-seaweed-search.html

Roslin Glen wilderness walk

Rosslyn Chapel

This is a regular walk in (what I consider) the most amazing place of nature anywhere in the Lothians. There are a few different routes and I will chat with you about which we want to go on. In any case, the walk will be around 4-6 miles in length, usually with a lot of ascending and descending, and one or more obstacles we'll need to clamber over. Trainers are OK but unfortunately these walks are not suitable if you have mobility problems, sorry! We will meet outside of Rosslyn Chapel. To get to Roslin from the city, catch the 37 bus heading to Penicuik, and get off at the Original Rosslyn Inn (when the driver tells the tourists it is time for Rosslyn Chapel). Please do not get the 15, as it no longer goes to Roslin. Alternatively, there is a dedicated cycle path from Sheriffhall / Gilmerton / Loanhead to Roslin, or from Penicuik take the cycle path to Auchendinny and the road is quiet from there. There is car parking available at the chapel. Unless agreed with everyone present, the walk will be circular. I usually finish the walks at lunchtime, outside a pub or cafe. There is the option to do a longer walk if everyone agrees. Dogs are okay, so long as you bring a lead with you and can lift them over a fallen tree if required. There is a suggested donation of £1 or £2 to cover meetup costs.

Roslin Glen wilderness walk

Rosslyn Chapel

This is a regular walk in (what I consider) the most amazing place of nature anywhere in the Lothians. There are a few different routes and I will chat with you about which we want to go on. In any case, the walk will be around 4-6 miles in length, usually with a lot of ascending and descending, and one or more obstacles we'll need to clamber over. Trainers are OK but unfortunately these walks are not suitable if you have mobility problems, sorry! We will meet outside of Rosslyn Chapel. To get to Roslin from the city, catch the 37 bus heading to Penicuik, and get off at the Original Rosslyn Inn (when the driver tells the tourists it is time for Rosslyn Chapel). Please do not get the 15, as it no longer goes to Roslin. Alternatively, there is a dedicated cycle path from Sheriffhall / Gilmerton / Loanhead to Roslin, or from Penicuik take the cycle path to Auchendinny and the road is quiet from there. There is car parking available at the chapel. Unless agreed with everyone present, the walk will be circular. I usually finish the walks at lunchtime, outside a pub or cafe. There is the option to do a longer walk if everyone agrees. Dogs are okay, so long as you bring a lead with you and can lift them over a fallen tree if required. There is a suggested donation of £1 or £2 to cover meetup costs.

Past events (91)

Wildflower ID

Water of Leith Conservation Trust and Visitor Centre

Photos (437)