The Fife Branch holds its indoor meetings in the Supper Room of St Andrews Town Hall (at the corner of South Street and Queen's Gardens), normally at 7.30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month from September to April.
Field trips normally take place on the weekend following each indoor meeting. The normal pattern is to alternate between Saturday and Sunday outings, and between half-day and full day trips, to cater for members' differing preferences and other commitments. Outings continue during May and June, when there are no indoor meetings, and there is usually a long weekend trip around the end of May.
Beginners and experienced birdwatchers are welcome both at indoor meetings and on field trips.
Fife Branch Newsletter
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The Fife Winter Atlas
Updating of the Fife Bird Atlas (published in 2003) is currently in progress, using data gathered for BirdAtlas 2007-11. Fieldwork for a winter tetrad atlas is ongoing and records from less well covered tetrads for winter are welcome, both past records from 2011/12 and also for the next winter of 2012/13. This will enhance the winter data of the previous atlas, which was gathered at a 5km square level. Although a repeat of the breeding atlas is not envisaged, further breeding records at tetrad level for the 2012 breeding season will also be welcome, again in the less well-covered areas (ie away from the usual hotspots). Breeding status codes should be added to all records, which should be submitted on the BirdTrack or BirdAtlas websites. Records in 10km squares NT29, NO30, NO40 and NO50 will be particularly welcome. Anyone wishing to target any of these tetrads should get in touch with Norman Elkins. Sufficient records will then be available to allow meaningful comparisons with the previous atlas. Already there have been worrying and major contractions in the distribution of some species such as Green Woodpecker, Lapwing and Grey Partridge.
The Fife Bird Atlas Fund
The Fife Bird Atlas was published in 2003 by the Fife Ornithological Atlas Group (FOAG). FOAG has now established The Fife Bird Atlas Fund, which can provide grants and loans to assist with non-professional projects involving surveying, monitoring, study, education and/or conservation.