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Countryside of the Lothians

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Visit West Lothian - Things to do
Select from categories including Country Parks, Walking, Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Cycling...

Visit East Lothian - Explore
Some information on the countryside and wildlife but more in the walking category.

Parks and Woodland - West Lothian
West Lothian is home to three great country parks as well as a host of open spaces and park land...

Countryside Sites - East Lothian
Details of country parks, nature reserves and other contryside sites in East Lothian.

Lothians Conservation Volunteers
The Lothians Conservation Volunteers carry out practical nature conservation work...

Lothian & Borders - Ramblers
Details of all the Ramblers walking groups in the area.

Scottish Wildlife Trust - Lothians Group
Join like minded people with a programme of walks and talks.

East Lothian Countryside Volunteers
We are a posse of over 200 volunteers who help look after the countryside in East Lothian...

The Countryside Ranger Service
Details of events and activities run by the Ranger Service at Active East Lothian.

East Lothian, North Berwick and Dunbar Walks
WalkHighlands presents detailed local walks.

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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 & The Lothians

With 17 self-catering properties at time of writing including an idyllic 17th century stone dovecot, cosy cottages and studios, country houses and more with nature on your doorstep.

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Latest News

  • Giant Hogweed Program Gathering Pace

    Our Giant Hogweed program is gathering pace. To support the farmers who are doing the actual treatment, we now have around 20 volunteer spotters. On Monday half of us met for basic training. The other half were due to meet tomorrow, so we've switched that to doing it over skype/phone. The good news is that ... Read moreGiant Hogweed Program Gathering Pace

  • Mud on the Tyne

    Last week we sorted out a really muddy part of the footpath on the Tyne, downstream from Hailes footbridge. We improved the drainage by cutting 2 new channels across the path, burying plastic pipes, and covering them over. It was messy work, but by now it should all have dried out (I'll check when I ... Read moreMud on the Tyne

  • Countryside Rangers gain professional awards

    Scottish Countryside Rangers Association awards for two Countryside Rangers

  • Wanted: Your Help Spotting Giant Hogweed!

    It may be attractive to look at, but Giant Hogweed can cause a very nasty burn. So we are eliminating it from the entire length of the river Tyne. But we need your help with spotting and recording the plants, so that the farmers who deal with them know where to look, and don't miss ... Read moreWanted: Your Help Spotting Giant Hogweed!

  • November Tyne Team Task

    November's Tyne Team Task- was finally completed in December! Click on any of the pictures to see the full (December) story

  • A Well-Known Volunteer

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  • Prizes!

    Get them all right and you win a fantastic prize! Get any wrong and you still win a prize! Improve your chances of winning by first viewing our Hogweed page


    The Annual General Meeting of the East Lothian Countryside Volunteers charity will be held on Friday 13th (lucky us!) December at 2pm in the Haddington Town House, Main Hall (upstairs). There will be reports on what the ELCV has achieved over the last year, plans for the future, and (re-)election of trustees for the committee ... Read moreELCV AGM

  • Path Wardens Christmas Walk & Lunch

    The traditional Path Warden walk and Christmas lunch is on Thursday 19th December. The walk 🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️ will be somewhere around Haddington and lunch 🍷🍰will be in The Waterside Bistro. We have booked the room upstairs again, so we can have our usual rowdy 🎉 time!  £24.90 for two courses or […]

  • New News

    You have probably seen this before in an email, but in case not...   With the sad demise of the monthly BBF email the only way to get recent news about volunteer activity is from facebook - either the ELCV page or the Rangers one. Which are great sources - but if you'd rather not ... Read moreNew News

  • Trustees Meetings

    Not the most exciting of news, but needs must! The charity trustees meet every couple of months, to hear project updates, discuss future activities, and even make decisions. If you want to see what happened at recent meetings, see the minutes here. One great piece of news is that Duncan Priddle's replacement, Jenny Hargreaves, who ... Read moreTrustees Meetings

  • East Lothian recognised at annual environment awards

    National recognition for local groups at 53rd annual Beautiful Scotland Awards ceremony.

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