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Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

A hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis)
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Excursion reports:

Recording Excursions

Our excursion programme is planned to obtain species data from sites across our region and to encourage opportunities for individuals to get-together to record and share knowledge and expertise. Priority is usually given to under-recorded areas or sites proposed as Local Biodiversity Sites (pLBS), as this means that any data generated from the outing can be used to inform the conservation designation. Most of the outings are general outings - meaning that we will record whatever species we can competently identify! However, some outings have a specific target group or are joint events with a local recording group or natural history society. Refer to the excursion listings for further details.

Whether or not you have been on one of our excursions before or are a newcomer you are most welcome to join us.

If you plan to attend an excursion: Please contact TWIC or the leader beforehand leaving your contact telephone number (mobile preferred) and your email address, so that we know to expect you and can contact you if the excursion has to be cancelled at short notice. Please also check the website the evening before the outing, if possible, as any last minute changes will be published here.

Join the mailing list: If you would like to receive notifications of forthcoming TWIC recording excursions by email, please contact and ask to be added to the excursions mailing list. Note that you can unsubscribe from this list at any time by emailing us. Details on how we hold and use your personal information can be found in our privacy policy which can be downloaded from the TWIC documents page.

For information on previous year's recording excursions, please click on the links at the side of the page.

Recorders enjoying a visit to Mavisbank, Midlothian. Photograph courtesy of Gary Hovell (LARG).

Forthcoming Excursions 2020

Due to the Coronavirus, and following Government advice on social distancing, we have taken the decision to cancel all events up to the end of June 2020. We will review the situation later in the season when the situation becomes clearer and will update the website accordingly.


1. For further information please email

2. Safety on excursions: Anyone attending a TWIC excursion does so at their own risk.

3. Anyone who can assist with transport to excursions, or who requires assistance with transport should contact TWIC who will endeavour to put recorders in contact with one another to arrange matters themselves.

4. The leader reserves the right to change or cancels outings as circumstances dictate.

5. The leader's mobile phone number is for contacting him/her on the day.

6. Records from excursions will be uploaded to the NBN Atlas Scotland.

TWIC is a company limited by guarantee - registered in Scotland No. SC234339. A recognised Scottish Charity SC034113. This project is supported by NatureScot.