New kids club set to send Edinburgh’s youngsters wild

Kids in Edinburgh are expected to go wild this month as the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) prepares to launch a new Wildlife Watch club for north Edinburgh.   

Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of SWT which aims to get kids between eight and 14 active out-of-doors and inspire them to learn more about local wildlife and how to protect it.  Edinburgh already has one successful Wildlife Watch club, based in the city, with 20 young members.    

The new north Edinburgh group will be based at Cramond, providing a perfect location to allow kids to explore the natural world in the surrounding river, beach, and woods.

SWT’s People and Wildlife Officer, Donna Mathieson, said:

“The launch of a second Wildlife Watch club for Edinburgh is part of a wider programme of redevelopment within SWT, which aims to increase the appeal of the organisation to children and young families. 

“Exploring the outdoors has always been a favourite pastime for children, and we aim to take this natural enthusiasm to combine fun activities with education.   

“I am sure the new North Edinburgh club is a big hit with local children.  And with the South Edinburgh club also always happy to welcome new members, SWT are making it even easier to let your kids go wild!”

The first meeting of the North Edinburgh Wildlife Watch club will be held this Saturday (17 Oct) at SWT Head Office, Cramond House, Cramond Glebe Road from 10 am to 12 pm.  The club will run on the third Saturday of every month.

The South Edinburgh Wildlife Watch club meets from 2 pm to 4 pm on the first Saturday of the month alternating meeting venues between Hermitage of Braid and Holyrood Park Education Centre. 

For more information email or telephone Nick or Donna on 0131 312 4750

SWT is the largest membership organisation dedicated to protecting all of Scotland’s wildlife, from each native species to every natural habitat.  Visit to become a member and learn more about how you can help. 

SWT cares for a number of wildlife reserves in Edinburgh and the Lothians, including Bawsinch and Duddingston, Roslin Glen, Pepper Wood and Hadfast Valley


1. SWT is the largest voluntary body working for all the wildlife of Scotland, representing more than 35,000 members who care for wildlife and the environment. SWT seeks to raise public awareness of threatened habitats and species and manages over 120 reserves Scotland-wide.

2. Wildlife Watch is a wildlife club for 8-14 year olds, part of the junior membership of SWT.  For more information email

3. The People’s Postcode Lottery is the lottery for charities in Scotland.  Launched in November 2007, PPL represents a unique fundraising concept where players play with their postcode to win cash prizes whilst supporting local Scottish charities.  40p from each ticket sold goes direct to charity in Scotland.  To date SWT have received over £772,023 from PPL which helps maintain the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s network of over 120 reserves across Scotland.

4. SWT receives financial assistance and support from Scottish Natural Heritage and the People’s Postcode Lottery.


Nicola McGovern, PR Officer, SWT
Tel:  0131 312 4742


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