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SUMMER EXCURSIONS 2018

Saturday 21st April North Queensferry and Deep Sea World.
Leader - Mike sedakat, Bus 9.00am, Courthouse square, Dundee*.

There are options to suit all abilities on this outing. A long walk, on the Fife Coastal Path possibly from Aberdour, about 9 miles. A short, circular walk around North Queensferry along the Inverkeithing Bay part of the Fife Coastal Route. The route goes through the SWT Carlingnose Point Nature Reserve about 3 miles.
It will be possible to visit the Deep Sea World aquarium but there is an extra charge for this - 13.25 for concessions, 15.25 standard, payable at the door. A group discount may apply for more than 15 people.

Tuesday 8th May, Wormit to Balmerino.
Leader - Anne Reid, cars.

Meet at car park, south end Tay Bridge at 6.30pm, or at Wormit Bay, west of rail bridge NO391259 at 7.00pm. An evening walk along the The coastal path from Wormit Bay towards Balmerino. Rrelatively easy walking, with some gradients, and follows the Tay upstream, Through open rough grassland and gorse and spring woodland. Parts of the path can be very muddy and there are some steep gradients and steps in places.

Saturday 19th May, Gourdon to Johnshaven.
Leader - Anne Reid, Bus 9.00am, Courthouse square, Dundee*

A pleasant walk of about five miles along the coastal path south from Gourdon (or possibly Inverbervie) to Johnshaven. The walk passes through open shore and raised beach with arable farming inland. Coastal plants and birds including kestrels may be seen. there my be time for a detour to Benholm village and its woods. We shall finish at Johnshaven harbour.

Tuesday 22nd May Ninewells Grounds Joint with BSS.
Leader - Brian Ballinger, cars or public transport. 7.00pm

Meet at Maggie's Centre Car park NO358304.
Ninewells Hospital has extensive grounds including an arboretum. A walk with the Friends of the Community Garden to assess the wildlife. We will be noting the wild plants present for the Botanical Society of Scotland's Urban flora Project and will also be looking for birds, insects and other wildlife in this area. We should be walking mainly on good paths. We do not yet know whether the gate will be open for parking. This is to the south of the main hospital building.

Friday 1st - Monday 4th June; Elgin weekend.

Tuesday 12th June, Camperdown Park.
Leader - David Lampard. cars or public transport

Meet at the Wildife centre Car park. 7.00pm. We will follow the path through the park through the woodland and past the Mansion, returning on a circular route. Camperdown Park is full of specimen trees including the Camperdown elm. Jays are often seen, and on a quiet evening we may also see bats.

Saturday 16th June Blairgowrie and River Ericht.
Leader - Lorna Ward. Bus 9.00am, Courthouse square, Dundee*.

Starting at Blairgowrie and following the River Ericht upstream with its waterfalls, gorge, woodlands and old mills. The return route over the Knockie affords views of the wooded Strath of the Lomty Bum and views of distant mountains. There will also be opportunities to explore some of the lower banks of the River. The day offers a variety of habitats to explore so spring flowers, early butterflies and variety of birds should be spotted

Tuesday 19th June Isle of May.
Leader - Kati Smith

The May Princess Ferry to the Isle of May sails from Anstruther harbour at 10.30 am on Tuesday June 19th 2018. We will gather on the pier at 9.45 am as we have to be on board by 10.00 am. 4.5 - 5-hour trip includes 2.5 - 3 hours on the island.

Important! Booking must be done individually online. www.isleofmayferry.com as the company cannot take a block booking for us all. Cost: Adult 26, Concession 23 (over 65, student, 16-17 years), Child 13 (3-15 yrs), under 3's free. See your ouings leaflet or Download a copy here.

Tuesday 26th June Carnoustie Coast Joint with BSS
Leader - Brian Ballinger. Cars

Meet 7.00pm, at car park on shore side of level crossing NO 565 344. If this is full there are several other car parks in Carnoustie.
This meeting will involve walking along the shore, mainly but not entirely in the town. We may also venture a little way inland. The aim is to record the wild plants that grow here for the Botanical Society of Scotland's urban flora project. We will also be looking at the birds, insects and other wild life along the sea shore. We will be walking mainly on good paths, although the shore may be rough.

Saturday 30th June Linn of Dee and Mar Lodge
Leader - David Lampard. Bus 9.00am, Courthouse square, Dundee*.

The coach will drop us off at the Linn of Dee for a walk to the spectacular gorge. There are a number of walks through the Mar Lodge NTS estate. There is a low level route through Caledonian pine woodland, where there is a chance of seeing otter, red deer and red squirrel. Pine Marten are also found in the woods along with crossbill and other woodland birds. For the more adventurous there are walks to the Linn of Quoich or Glen Lui. We shall probably return to Dundee later than usual due to the distance involved.

Tuesday 10th July, Auchterhouse Railway Path.
Leader - David Lampard. Cars

Meet Dronley old station car park at 7.00pm, Grid Ref NO342359. Follow the B954 past Birkhill toward Auchterhouse and turn right at North Dronley road. Turn right at the T junction to the old Dronley station car park. The footpath along the old Newtyle Railway line is a good place to see farmland birds with the possibility of roe deer in nearby fields and the flora associated with this kind of footpath.

Saturday 21st July Lomond Hills, by Falkland Fife.
Leader - Mary Galloway. Bus 9.00am, Courthouse square, Dundee*

A steep climb up East Lomond (Falkland Hill) 434m or West Lomond 522m should be rewarded by spectacular views in all directions, as far as the Highlands and Southern Uplands, weather permitting. Alternatively take a low level walk over the moorland-clad plateau, which the hills rise out of, to the reservoirs of Ballo, Harperleas and Holl which should provide interesting bird sightings. On the way look out for ground nesting moorland birds such as curlew, red grouse and lark. Another choice is a walk along the limekiln track around the foot of East Lomond where evidence of former lime production can be observed.

Tuesday 14th August Carsegowniemuir BBQ.
Leaders: Anne Reid and Jim Cook. Cars

Meet from 6.30pm at Carsegowniemuir Cottage, Grid Ref NO513547. Phone for lift or directions Join us anytime from 6.30pm onwards for a look at the wildlife of the quarry and to see how well the trees are growing. The new bird hide gives some shelter and is now well-established. We will show you around or leave you to explore on your own until the barbecue is ready for cooking. Please bring your own food.

Sunday 19th August Barry Buddon joint outing.
Leaders - Graham Smith, Jim Cook and others. Cars

Meet at Monifieth football field car park, Grid Ref NO 502323, for 9:50 and then convoy to the main camp car park for car shareing and a 10.00am start. Barry Buddon is the largest and best area of sand dunes and dune slacks in this part of Eastern Scotland. By arrangement, we are allowed to spend a day freely exploring the wildlife delights of this valuable array of habitats. We will divide into several groups, concentrating on birds, plants and butterflies and dragonflies, though all groups will have all interesting natural history pointed out. This year we will once again try to record everything seen at each locality visited to make the records of more use in the future.

Saturday 25th August Prestonpans to Musselburgh.
Leader - David Lampard. Bus 9.00am, Courthouse square, Dundee*

Dropping off at Prestonpans, we will follow the John Muir way along the coast with views across the Firth of Forth to Inch Keith. The path is fairly easy and we will head for the Musselburgh lagoons, now a nature reserve and past the race course and along the banks of the River Esk.

Saturday 22nd September Den of Alyth - fungal foray.
Leader - Jim Cook. Bus 9.00am, Courthouse square, Dundee*

Alyth Den provides a sheltered location with the possibility of finding a wide range of wildlife. At this time of year, there are a wide range of fungi. The bus will drop us off in the car park at the Alyth end of the Den. The path follows the river upstream and then continues across the road.

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  • NOTE: All outings should be booked in advance with Davie Stein 01382 816863 even car trips.

  • If you would like a lift for car trips please contact Davie Stein. Car sharing saves money and is good for the environment too. Many sites have restricted parking .

  • *The bus will start in Arbroath, as required, and come through Carnoustie, Monifieth and Broughty Ferry - you must let Davie know your pick-up point, please. The main Dundee bus pick-up point is Courthouse Square at 9.00am, on north side of Ward Road, this will be followed by a pick up at Perth Road, Windsor Street.

  • Unless otherwise indicated Saturday outings are all day and will end around 4pm to return home. Please bring a packed lunch and wear suitable clothing and footwear.
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