March 2024 Outdoor Meeting

Outing to Musselburgh Lagoons & River Esk Mouth.

Saturday 23rd March 2024.

The March outing will see us visit the new hides at Musselburgh. We’ll meet at the River Esk mouth, Goose Green Place, EH21 7SH at 10.00am.

Directions.

From Stirling take the M9 to Edinburgh & then join the M8 following the signs to the Edinburgh Bypass (A720). Continue along the Bypass until you reach the A1 and take the 2nd exit off the roundabout on the B6415. At the 2nd roundabout into Musselburgh follow the signs to the Racecourse. This road becomes Monktonhall terrace  & then Eskview terrace which ends in a T junction. Turn right into Olive Bank road & continue over the Esk bridge and at the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto Mall Avenue. At the end bear right on the High St. & after 100 yards turn left into Shorthope St. where there are public toilets as there are no facilities subsequently. Take a right into Millhill, a left onto James St. & then right onto Goose Green Crescent. Continue along the river’s edge to the end of the road and park.  The journey is approximately 48mls & should not take longer than 1hr.30 mins.

Planned Outing.

From the starting point we will follow the sea wall round to the far end of the new hides. From here we’ll make our way round the four or five hides leading us back to the mouth of the Esk. If we’ve time we could go on to pools, which is where most of the birds still seem to prefer, maybe, this would be a good place to have a break.

What to Bring.

Scopes would be a good idea for this trip as most of what we see may be at some distance. Mind and wrap up well as this can be a cold place to visit and the hides are open to the elements. Also a packed lunch though the hides are open to the elements. Scopes’ would be useful.

Species.

A wide range of species, including sea ducks, waders, grebes, gulls, passerines have been seen in the past. and Musselburgh is also known for rarities.

Sponsor

Tam Craig.