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Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

Fiddlehead of Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)
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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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, booking is essential for excursions in 2021 in order to limit numbers attending. Please DO NOT attend a TWIC field excursion if you have not booked for it.

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 notice.

For information on previous years' 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).

2021 Excursions

Saturday 12 June - Milsey Bay, North Berwick (East Lothian)

Aim: To contribute towards collecting species records for the Scottish Seabird Centre’s mini-Bioblitz event. The TWIC excursion visit will complement the Seabird Centre's activities and cover different areas/ habitats.

Site details: Milsey Bay is located in North Berwick on the East Lothian coastline (vice-county 82 East Lothian). The site consists of sandy beach, dune grassland, unimproved neutral grassland and cliffs. The site is part of the Firth of Forth RAMSAR site, Special Protection Area (SPA) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Leader: Natalie Harmsworth (TWIC)

Booking essential as spaces will be limited. To book please visit: Eventbrite. Please read the notes section below.

Sunday 11 July - Water of Leith, Juniper Green (Edinburgh)

Aim:To update the survey information, including plant data, prior to its re-assessment as a Local Biodiversity Site (LBS).

Site details: We will be covering the stretch of the Water of Leith from Spylaw Park to Juniper Green. Species of local interest that we might hope to re-find include Soft Shield-fern (Polystichum setiferum) and the Petty Pocket-moss, (Fissidens pusillus), both local rarities in the Lothians.

Leader: Natalie Harmsworth (TWIC)

Booking essential as spaces will be limited to 8 people. To book please visit: Eventbrite. Please read the notes section below.


1. Please note you should not attend an excursion if you or anyone in your home has COVID -19 symptoms or you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS or Protect Scotland tracing app.

2. Please do not car share with people from outside your household.

3. All appropriate COVID risk assessment and procedures will be followed during excursions - including social distancing. Attendee names and contact details will be held for 1 month following the event for Track and Trace purposes. Further information on how we hold and store your personal details can be found on TWIC's privacy notice.

4. For further information please email

5. TWIC reserves the right to change or cancel outings as circumstances dictate.

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.