Aberlady Bird Centre Lothian, SOC headquarters Building,Photo

Aberlady Birdwatching Centre

Scottish Bird Centre, East Lothian, Scotland by Simpson & Brown Architects, Edinburgh

post updated 18 November 2023

Waterston House

Contact details (correct at the tme of last checking, Nov 2023):

Phone: 44 1875 871330

Email: mail(at)the-soc.org.uk

Scottish Ornithologists’ Club,
Waterston House,
East Lothian,
EH32 0PY

Aberlady Bird Centre, Lothian

SOC Headquarters

Simpson & Brown Architects project – Aberlady Bird Centre – with structural timber by Carpenter Oak & Woodland Co. Ltd.

The Scottish birdwatchers’ resource centre also contains a wildlife art gallery, a library and a shop.

Waterston House is the headquarters of the SOC – Scotland’s birdwatchers’ Club. The coastal property is open to visitors daily.

Aberlady Birdwatching Centre

Scottish Ornithologists Club Headquarters: SOC – Scotland’s bird club

The centre has views of the nearby Aberlady bay nature reserve. There is a year-round programme of exhibitions by leading wildlife artists, an extensive library and a small shop selling gifts, cards, second hand books, optical equipment and other bird watching resources.

Carpenter Oak & Woodland Co. Ltd, Angus: enquiries(at)cowcoscotland.co.uk

News Excerpt re the SOC Headquarters:

Aberlady Birdwatching
Planning Permission Granted for Waterston House, Aberlady: The SOC’s plans for its new headquarters took a step forward with the granting of planning permission by East Lothian Council for the £750,000 Scottish Birdwatching Resource Centre at Aberlady.

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Aberlady is a coastal village in the Scottish council area of East Lothian. The village had an estimated population of 1,260 in 2020.

Aberlady Parish Church dates back to the 15th century. It was re-built in 1887. In 1986, the parishes of Aberlady and Gullane were merged, and the Manse is now in Gullane.

The “Aberlady Heritage Project” is a community-led project. In 2008 it surveyed three sites — the medieval harbour quay commissioned in 1535, the Iron Age fort and associated souterrain at Kilspindie, and the Anglo-Saxon site at the Glebe. Aberlady boasts the largest collection of stray Anglo-Saxon finds yet discovered in Scotland.
source: wikipedia

Building Designs by Simpson & Brown Architects:

Contemporary Scottish Designs by Simpson & Brown Architects: – key architectural selection below:

Featured Edinburgh Buildings with involvement by Simpson & Brown Architects:

Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick

Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian

Mavisbank House, Midlothian

St Ninian’s Manse, Leith

Mansfield Traquair Centre, Edinburgh New Town

Fenton Tower, East Lothian

SOC Headquarters – Waterston House Project completed mid 2005

Aberlady : Housing page

Structural Timber: Carpenter Oak & Woodland Co, Kirriemuir: 01575 560295

Scottish Ornithologists Club – Website: www.the-soc.fsnet.co.uk

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Royal Museum of Scotland
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Scottish National Monument
Scottish National Monument
structure photograph © Adrian Welch

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle Picture
Scottish historic property picture © Adrian Welch

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