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Edinburgh Geological Society
Excursions and geology lectures for beginners to professional geologists...

Parks and gardens - Edinburgh Council
Find details of the parks, gardens and nature reserves in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Wildlife Watch Group
Arranges a variety of fun activities and events for children aged 5 to 10...

Urban forests around Edinburgh...
You may be surprised to know there are several forests on the doorstep to your city...

Nature events in Edinburgh
Details of nature related events at Whats On Edinburgh.

Giving Nature a Home in Edinburgh
Find out more about this project connecting people and nature at the RSPB.

Map Edinburgh Outdoors
Find a park in Edinburgh through a clickable map with markers.

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The National Trust for Scotland

A vital conservation charity protecting Scotland's coast, wilderness, wildlife and countryside for the good of all. Funded largely by donations, membership is very affordable, comes with a raft of benefits and supports their work.

CoolStays in Edinburgh

Remarkable places to stay in and around Edinburgh offering self-catering breaks to remember such as cosy cottages set in beautiful gardens, converted artists studios, country houses, and a spectacular 17th century stone Dovecot...

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  • Port Askaig 2020 – Workshop at St Andrews 12-13 May 2020

    Cryogenian glaciation: the extraordinary Port Askaig record and its comparators 12-13 May 2020, University of St Andrews This international conference is designed to allow full presentations of the results of a long-term field campaign on the 1100 m thick Port Askaig Formation focussed on the extraordinarily complete exposures in the Garvellach Islands […]

  • School Poster – Edinburgh’s Rocks and People

    What makes Edinburgh special? Lots of different factors make a city, but one key feature that most visitors to Edinburgh notice is the dramatic landscape of the city centre. This is a landscape of rocky crags, cliffs and steep slopes surrounded by lower, flatter ground. It is derived from a mix of different kinds of The post School Poster – Edinburgh’s Rocks and […]

  • Local Geology Leaflets

    The Lothian and Borders GeoConservation Group has published over 30 leaflets about sites around Edinburgh. From St Abb’s Head on the Borders Coast to the Bathgate Hills in West Lothian, just about every important geological site in the area has a leaflet explaining a bit about the geology of the site, and guiding you to The post Local Geology Leaflets appeared first on […]

  • Saving & sharing the Charles Lyell Notebooks

    The Edinburgh Geological Society is delighted to support the successful campaign, launched by the University of Edinburgh, to save Charles Lyell’s notebooks. The 294 notebooks record in remarkable detail the life, travels, thoughts and ideas of this significant historical geologist. The Society pledged a donation towards the purchase of the notebooks, which were due […]

  • Wildlife treasures uncovered in Edinburgh’s newest park

    More than 200 different species of wildlife including locally rare butterflies have been found in Edinburgh’s newest park. Experts joined forces with local citizen scientists this summer to search for plants and animals at Little France Park in the east of the city during a special Wildlife Week. The species recorded in the park included… The post Wildlife […]

  • EGS Public Lecture: The Secret Life of Carbon

    Public lecture exploring the role of carbon in Earth systems The post EGS Public Lecture: The Secret Life of Carbon appeared first on Edinburgh Geological Society.

  • Recognising Scotland’s Geological Heritage: introducing the Scottish Geology Trust

    The Edinburgh Geological Society fully supports the creation of the Scottish Geology Trust, a new, national charity that will promote and celebrate Scotland’s geology and its value to society, and encourage its conservation. This initiative arose from a meeting of interested parties hosted by EGS last autumn, which included all of Scotland’s geological societies, […]

  • Saving Charles Lyell’s notebooks for research

    Edinburgh University has launched a campaign to to save Charles Lyell’s notebooks, which record in remarkable detail the life, travels, thoughts and ideas of this significant historical geologist. The Society has pledged a donation towards the purchase of the 294 notebooks, which are currently in private hands and were due to be sold abroad. Thanks The post Saving […]

  • Photography Workshop Holyrood Park: Sunday 8 September 2019

    This informal, outdoor workshop will explore techniques for taking geological photographs. It will be led by Jason Gilchrist from Edinburgh Napier University. No previous experience (in photography or geology) is required, just turn up with any camera. We will take a short walk experimenting with taking photographs at different scales – landscapes, outcrop and close-up […]

  • The Scottish Mineral & Lapidary Club at Dynamic Earth’s Destination Moon Event

    The Scottish Mineral & Lapidary Club has revived and fostered the craft of the lapidary – the engraving, cutting, or polishing of stones and gems; with the objective to encourage an interest in natural minerals and in the crafts and craftsmanship that relates to them. From Friday 19 – Monday 22 July 2019, the club will put The post The Scottish […]

  • Charles Lapworth plaque unveiled in the Borders

    A plaque has been unveiled to commemorate the life and works of the eminent geologist Charles Lapworth LL.D., F.R.S. (1842-1920) at the old Episcopal School in Galashiels. The listed building now housing Border Council’s offices was originally the school where Lapworth was headmaster between 1864-75. He moved to the Borders to teach from his original home The post […]

  • New film explores Little France Park

    Local residents Sarah Ford-Hutchinson and Barrie Williams have created a film exploring Little France Park in Edinburgh. This is the city’s newest park and, covering 45 hectares, it is the largest in a generation. Little France Park has reclaimed unmanaged grassland for the local community and carves out a green corridor from the city centre to… The post New […]

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