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Bird Watching Classes start on 25th Sept from the Centre

Led by Juliet Wilson one of our wonderful volunteers this is an Adult Education class run via City of Edinburgh Council please use the link above for more information



Real Kelpies, The Ghillie Dhu and friends, the Wulver Pack, Pixies and Brownies - meet them all at our Event on 17th September - Myths and Legends #HHA2017

This promises to be our most legendary event to date. Reserve your start time and join in the hunt through The Dells to encounter Scotland's Mythical creatures and some of Edinburgh's legendary characters.



Wildflower seed collection workshop at the Centre this Thursday with Butterfly Conservation Trust

Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 7th September 10am-3pm

Most butterfly species require specific plants for their caterpillars to feed on, and nectar-rich plants for the adult butterflies we see flying around. We can help their populations by growing more of these plants, and this can be achieved by us collecting, toring and sowing these seeds.

This workshop will take place at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre, between 10am and 3pm. There will be an indoor session in the morning, before we go outside to collect some seeds and practice our news skills. It is free to attend, but registration is essential.

To register, please email Urban Butterfly Project Officer Anthony McCluskey on

It is suitable for children over 12, but anyone under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

This workshop is part of the Urban Butterfly Project, a three year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage and Butterfly Conservation members.



Myths and Legends Event on 17th September - bookings now open


Saughton Park - Update

Following on from discussion about the walkway closure at Saughton Park I thought I would share the following information with blog readers from Pete Saughton Park Development Officer his contact details are at the end of the information

Saughton Park Construction Works – Diversions and Closures

I am emailing you to inform about recent difficulties that have arisen at Saughton Park due to the construction works that are now happening there.

Our contractors P1 Solutions took over the site on Monday 31 July 2017 and have begun work which has involved closure of large areas of the park, particularly the through routes and paths. Unfortunately this is essential as heavy machinery and vehicles are working within the closed areas.

There have been some complaints about the lack of signage and advance warning for cyclists and pedestrians who think that routes through the park are still open.

We are working closely with our contractors to ensure that in the next few days that these issues are addressed by way of;

  • More signage.
  • Signage placed further away from the closed areas to give advance warning for travellers.
  • Clearly illustrated diversion routes.
  • Information disseminated widely through Council, partners and stakeholders information channels including web and social media.


The construction work involves creating a new path network as well as completely renewing some of the existing paths which means that these closures and diversions which allow these works to progress may be in place for some time.  The main areas of footpath / cycleway work are noted below.

  • Renewal of the main east-west path, replacement services including the installation of lighting.
  • Renewal of the path linking the east-west path to the Stevenson Drive including the installation of lighting.
  • Building a new path linking to the corner of Balgreen Road and Stevenson Drive with the skatepark and Winter Garden including the installation of lighting.

On a positive note, as there is a considerable amount of work being carried out just to upgrade and improve the cycle and pedestrian paths in Saughton Park, when completed all of this will greatly improve provision for cyclists and pedestrians especially during the darker winter months.

We are also building new paths to the south of the park which link the main east-west path to the Gorgie Road Exhibition Bridge and provide direct access for cyclists and pedestrians to the Water of Leith.  New benches, cycle racks, bins and signage will also be installed along the new cycle and pedestrians routes within the park. 

 In addition to the improvements we are making, the Council’s Active Travel team have secured some extra funding to improve the crossings on Stevenson Drive and at the corner of Balgreen Road and Stevenson Drive to provide cyclists and pedestrians easier and safer access to the Balgreen Tram Stop and to the Quiet Route to the north. 

Our contractors will complete the works as soon as possible and when it’s safe to open up access again, they will do so.

I will update you as soon as we have a clear idea of when paths will re-open.

See for updates and diversion routes.

 Contact: Pete McDougall Saughton Park Development Officer

Tel. 0131 529 4876    Mob. 07920 466000