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Common Gull Larus canus ©Ray Wilson Website

Midlothian is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland. It borders the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders council areas.

Visitors constantly say that its scenery and landscape are among the main reasons for visiting Midlothian. Located in close proximity to Scotland’s capital city, it offers a beautiful rural landscape of countryside, parklands and rolling hills to enjoy. The rolling uplands of the Pentland Hills are Edinburgh’s southern backdrop and are easily accessible especially Pentland Hills Regional Park as is Dalkeith Country Park where you’ll find not one river here, but two. If you’re lucky you’ll spot the otters larking about in the shallows. There are enough woodland paths to keep you wandering happily for hours. There are also Vogrie Country Park and Roslin Glen Park to enjoy.

County Recorder

Stephen Welch

25 Douglas Road, Longniddry EH32 0LQ

01875 852802 or 07931 524963


Useful Reading

Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

Mike Madders and Julia Welstead - 297 pages, b/w illus, maps - Christopher Helm

ISBN: 071365693X

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Forums & Mailing Lists

Lothian Bird News

Mailing List

Lothian Birders On-Line (LoBoL) has now evolved into LothianBirdNews, a Yahoo! e-mail list for those interested in birds in Lothian, which informs peopleinterested in birds sightings, events to attend and other bird related news in and around the Lothians and south east Scotland.

Trip Reports


Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

Places to Stay

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Eastside Cottages


Our webcam updates every minute and gives a good idea about the current weather on the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh. The image refreshes itself every minute. If the image hasn’t loaded properly just try reloading your browser...

Fife & Lothian Bed and Breakfast Association


Find the right place to stay in Central Scotland - Quality Inspected B&Bs…


Scottish Ornithologists Club - Lothian Branch


Welcome to Lothian Birding - the website of the Lothian branch of the SOC. Compiled by branch members, this aims to provide you with news and information about Lothian's Bird Club, birds, birders and birding in the area -where and when to go, the best chance to see certain species and to keep you informed of what's going on with birds and other wildlife in the region. We hope that you find this site useful, and it encourages you to get involved in birding in the Lothians! Please help the website to evolve by sending in your ideas, comments and opinions. [Ian Thomson, 4 Craigielaw, Longniddry, E Lothian EH32 0PY 01875 870588 The branch's Club Nights are more informal than the main meetings. They are normally held in the Waterston Library, 21 Regent Terrace at 7.30 p.m. during the winter months. For further details of speakers and subjects and to check the dates please contact Ian Thomson on 01875 870588.]

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Birding the Lothians


The Lothians, at some 749 square miles, lying on the south side of the Firth of Forth, has a rich diversity of habitats. These comprise mainly of upland moorland, woodland, reservoirs and an extensive coastline with four main estuaries….