Excursions are organised to obtain species data from sites across our region and to provide opportunities for group recording and skills sharing.
Priority is usually given to under-recorded areas or sites proposed as
Biodiversity Sites / Local Nature Conservation Sites.
Most meetings are general outings - meaning that we will record whatever species we can competently identify! However, some outings are targeted
at certain taxa or are joint events with local recording groups. Refer to the excursion listings below for further details.
Whether or not you have been on one of our excursions before you are most welcome to join us.
For information on previous excursions, please click on the links at the side of the page.
Recorders enjoying a visit to Mavisbank, Midlothian in 2018. Photograph courtesy of Gary Hovell (LARG).
Saturday 1 July – Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh
Site details:Corstorphine Hill is situated on the west side of the city of Edinburgh, adjacent to Edinburgh Zoo, in the vice-county of Midlothian 83
(site centred on NT204743). The site comprises a steep sided, hill ridge dominated by mature broadleaved with areas of grassland on lower slopes and is designated both
a Local Nature Reserve and Local Biodiversity Site. Details on the Local Nature Reserve can be found here..
Leaders:Natalie Harmsworth (TWIC) and Sarah & David Adamson (ENHS). Contact mobile (Natalie): 07818237795.
Aim:To record the different wildlife species present, including updating the vascular plant list for the site. The site forms part of the Corstorphine Hill
& Ravelston Wood Local Biodiversity Site (LBS) and data generated from the outing will inform the re-assessment of the LBS.
Previous records include locally rare plants such as Broad-leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine) and Small Cudweed (Filago minima), a good variety of birds and mammals,
including Green Woodpecker, as well as some locally rare insects.
Meeting details:Meet at 10 am at the southern entrance to Corstorphine Hill on Corstorphine Road – opposite the turning to Balgreen Road (OS grid reference NT21497300,
Requirements: Lunch and drink, outdoor footwear, waterproofs/ sunscreen and sunhat (as weather dictates). Optional – antibacterial hand gel and a walking pole
or stick (TWIC will have antibacterial hand gel available).
BOOKING REQUIRED - Please book via Eventbrite.
Saturday 15 July – Bannockburn, Stirling
Site details: The site is part of the Bannockburn Heritage Trail and lies to the SE of Stirling in the vice-county of Stirlingshire 86 (site centred on NS805903). The site comprises
the Bannock Burn itself, with adjoining habitats including broad-leaved woodland, scrub, tall ruderal, and grassland habitats.
Leaders:Natalie Harmsworth (TWIC). Contact mobile: 07818237795.
Aim:We have been invited by the Wild Bannockburn community group to take part in the 2023 Bannockburn BioBlitz.
The site was previously recognised as a Local Wildlife Site called Lower Milton by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. We will record the different wildlife species present,
including updating the vascular plant list for the site. The Bioblitz are using iNaturalist for recording, so recording using the app is encouraged (but all records are welcome, however collected!).
You can find the Wild Bannockburn Facebook group here.
Meeting details: Meet at 11 am on the north side of the Bannock Burn at the bottom of The Brae – Old Town, Bannockburn, Stirling (OS grid reference NS80779046, what3words: ///loops.highs.areas). Follow this link
to google maps for the location of the meeting point.
Requirements: Lunch and drink, outdoor footwear, waterproofs/ sunscreen and sunhat (as weather dictates). Optional – antibacterial hand gel and a walking pole or stick
(TWIC will have antibacterial hand gel available).
BOOKING REQUIRED - Please register via Eventbrite.
1. Participants attend outings at their own risk
2. Please do not attend an excursion if you are unwell with COVID or have a fever.
3. If you need to car share with people from outside your household please follow guidelines to reduce the risk of passing on COVID (it is recommended that you open windows and wear a face covering, unless exempt).
4. All appropriate risk assessment and procedures will be followed during excursions.
5. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. TWIC reserves the right to change or cancel outings as circumstances dictate.
7. Records from excursions will be uploaded to the NBN Atlas Scotland.
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