Links

Links

Links to other bird-related sites

Please note that the SOC is not responsible for the content of external websites.

 

Scottish organisations, agencies, clubs etc:

Argaty Red Kites

Argyll Bird Club

Arran Birding

Arran Wildlife

Bean Geese in Scotland – a site dedicated to the Bean Goose in central Scotland

Birding in Ayrshire

Birding in Musselburgh

Building Bird Monitoring in Scotland (BTO/SOC/etc)

Clyde Birds

Coll Birds – bird reports and news from the Isle of Coll

 

Coastal fora and partnerships:

Firth of Clyde Forum

Forth Estuary Forum

Tay Estuary Forum

Moray Firth Partnership

Solway Firth Partnership

Concern for Swifts (Scotland)

Swift colony survey form (Word format)

Swift colony survey form (PDF format)

EveryOne – Scotland’s environmental groups campaigning together

Fair Isle Bird Observatory

The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group Scotland (FWAG)

Federation for Natural Sciences Collections Research – Scottish Collections Research Unit – searchable database of museum collections

Fife Bird Club

Forth Seabird Group – seabird monitoring in the Firth of Forth

Friends of the Earth Scotland

Galloway Red Kite Trail

Glasgow City Council wildlife site – updated monthly

Glasgow Natural History Society

Sustainable Tourism – in Scotland

Habitat – Wildlife and environmental news

Highland Foundation for Wildlife – includes projects on Osprey and Honey Buzzard

Isle of May Bird Observatory

Machrihanish Seabird & Wildlife Observatory

Montrose Basin

Mountaineering Council of Scotland – ‘nesting birds and climbing’ information sheet

Mullbirds Online – birdwatching on the Isle of Mull, and the Isle of Mull Bird Report

National Museums of Scotland

National Trust for Scotland (NTS)

St Kilda

Seabird Colonies

Nature in Shetland

North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory

North Sea Bird Club

Paisley Natural History Society

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in Scotland

Scotland’s National Nature Reserves

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Scottish Environment LINK

Scottish Excecutive, use the site’s search facility for ‘birds’

Scottish Parliament, again use the site’s search facility for ‘birds’

Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)

Scottish Raptor Study Groups (SRSG)

Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT)

Shetland Bird Club

Skye Birds

Tay Ringing Group

The Wildlife Web

WalkScotland.com

Western Isles Wildlife

West Galloway SOC Branch

Woodland Trust Scotland

 

Recent News:

Angus Bird Grapevine

Bird Guides Rarities News

Rare Bird Alert

Birdnet Ltd – UK rarities news for the previous day

Hebrides Bird Sightings – daily bird sightings and photographs

Recent bird sightings in NE Scotland

Shetland Bird Club – latest bird sightings and photos

North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory – new sightings blog

Western Isles Wildlife – latest sightings, photos, etc

 

Where to Birdwatch information:

see the Where to Birdwatch in Scotland page

 

Newsgroups, discussion groups, mailing lists etc:

ABZ-Rare-Birds, NE Scotland bird email group

AngusBirds, Angus & Dundee bird email group

ArgyllBirding, Argyllshire bird email group

Autochthona birding, Scottish bird email group

Ayrshire Birding, Ayrshire bird email group

BirdForum, the net’s largest birding community

Borders Bird News, Borders bird email group

ClydeBirding, Clyde bird email group

Dumfries and Galloway Birding, Dumfries & Galloway bird email group

Fife Birds, Fife bird email group (membership open to all birders)

ForthBirding, Forth/Central area bird email group

Highland and Moray Birds, Highland & Moray bird email group

LothianBirdNews, Lothian bird email group

Perth & Kinross Birding, Perth & Kinross bird email group

ScotBird Forum, Scottish Birdwatching ‘community’

Strathclyde Bird News, recent bird news from the Strathclyde area

scot.birds, Scottish-based bird newsgroup. See here for list of postings

uk.rec.birdwatching, UK-based bird newsgroup.

ukbirdnet – mailing list for discussion about UK birds and birdwatching. To subscribe type subscribe in the body of a message to ukbirdnet-request@dcs.bbk.ac.uk. A digest version of this list is also available; send the same command to ukbirdnet-digest-request@dcs.bbk.ac.uk. See here for list of postings

 

Sites with links to more sites (UK-Ireland)

Birds of Britain, a monthly web magazine for birdwatchers

The Fat Birder – Scottish Links, many relevant links

birding.uk.com, a directory of birding links for the UK

The Wildlife Web, Conoco Natural History Centre (Aberdeen) site with many pages and links

Where do you want to go birding in Scotland today?, again many links

 

Sites with links to more sites (world) and trip reports:

Surfbirds – birding articles from the UK and North America

Bird Links to the World

World Wide Birding Web sites

Birding at About.com

Birdwatching Trip Reports

Birdingonthe.Net

www.birder.com

Birding.com

 

Weather, Tides, and Maps

Current UK weather conditions

Latest UK Weather from the Met Office

BBC Weather – including (rainfall) radar images updated every three hours

wind directions

XC Weather – more UK weather information

Ordnance Survey

UK Street Map – a useful site for finding places (not just streets) on a 1:50,000 OS map

Multimap – another site-finding utility

Tide Times by Mobile Geographics LLC

Tide Times – UK locations – predictions available months or years ahead

Tide Times by Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory – tables for current week

DMAP – distribution mapping software

 

Other organisations:

African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA)

Alnwick and District Natural History Society

The Barn Owl Conservation Network

BBC Nature

BBC Scotland the Wild

Birders Unite – worldwide bird news, articles, pictures, etc

Birdillustrators.com – the best web site for bird art on the net

BirdWatch Ireland – the BirdLife International Partner for the Republic of Ireland

British Birds magazine

British Birds Rarities Committee

British Ornithologists’ Club (BOC)

British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU)

British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)

BirdTrack

form to report a ring you have found

Countryside Jobs Service

Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology

Energy Saving Trust in Scotland

European Ornithologists’ Union (EOU)

European Union for Bird Ringing (EURING) – includes EURING code list

European ringing and migration studies

Fatbirder Webring – The Fatbirder (UK) Birding Webring is a collection of quality birding web sites that are based in the United Kingdom

List of all sites in the ring

Random site in the ring

Add your site to the ring

IPMR – Integrated Population Monitoring Reporter, including how to record colour-ringed birds

Irish Birding

Irish Rare Birds Committee (including The Irish List)

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)

Seabird 2000

Waterbirds around the World

UK Biodiversity

National Biodiversity Network – including Recorder 2000 software

Naturenet

Natural History Museum – ornithology section

library – includes on-line catalogue search

Nature Navigator

Osprey Project – including news of satellite-tracked birds and records of migrants

Rare Breeding Birds Panel

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA) including Animal Helpline Numbers

Seabird Group

UK Biodiversity

UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) – Wildlife and Countryside

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Worldwide Ornithological Literature (WOL)

 

Research Grants:

British Ornithologists’ Union – Small research grants

 

Art:

Colin Woolf Wildlife Art – original paintings, illustrations, limited edition prints, and cards

Crail Birder – John Anderson’s wildlife photography from Fife and around Scotland

Derek Robertson – wildlife and landscape prints and originals by the Fife-based artist

Edward Davidson – wildlife and mountain art

Frank Stark’s Natural Wonders – nature photography from the Western Isles

Island Porcelain Ltd – hand made porcelain bird figures, ideal as gifts or the start of a collection. The pottery is in the village of Kilmory on the Isle of Arran, Scotland

Rozi’s Gallery – wildlife prints and illustrations from the Isle of Lewis

Scotland in Colour – featuring bird photos from around the country

Wildlife Art Prints – prints and originals by David Miller

 

Bird Identification and Calls:

Norwegian Gull Page

 

Birdwatching outside Scotland:

Birdingpal – find local birders all over the world to go birdwatching with

Birdwatching Bulgaria – a rough guide to birdwatching and birding in Bulgaria

Dutch Birding Association

Dean Birders – reports from the Forest of Dean, maintained by and for disabled and housebound birdwatchers

 

Travel in the UK:

Caledonian MacBrayne Hebridian and Clyde Ferries

The Internet Guide to Scotland – a useful starting point

Scotland.org – ‘Scotland’s national internet signpost’

The Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society

Scottish Tourist Board

 

East Lothian links:

Aberlady.org – Aberlady Community website

 

Accommodation:

Ben Macdui Self Catering, Boat of Garten

Best Western Kinloch Hotel, Arran

Cefn Llecoediog Farmhouse self-catering accommodation, Snowdonia National Park, Wales. (Within easy reach of Borth SSSI and Ynys Hir RSPB. On website enter User ID “cefn” and Password “password”.)

Bed and breakfast at Colvend, Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway. Tel: 01556 630483

Dunkeld Holidays self-catering accommodation

Heatherbank Guest House, Strontian, Lochaber

Kilmaha self-catering cottage, Loch Awe, Argyll

Kilronan House, Bridge of Allan

Kilspindie Hotel & Duck’s Restaurant

Kintra Farm, Islay

Raasay House Self Catering, Isle of Raasay

Rhovanion Bed & Breakfast, Coldingham

Winton House self-catering accommodation, Pencaitland, East Lothian

 

 

Wildlife Holidays and Tours:

Aigas Field Centre – wildlife, birdwatching, history & nature holidays in the Highlands of Scotland

Birding in Spain – itineraries, maps, checklists etc. in northeast Spain and Mallorca

Bird Watching & Wildlife Club – wildlife breaks in the Cairngorms. Click for Press Release.

Endemic Guides – Malaysia and Singapore Bird Watching and Eco Tours

Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge – birdwatching in Costa Rica

Heatherlea – Scottish birding and wildlife holidays based in Nethybridge

Hebridean Voyages – cruises, pelagics, and tours from Gairloch

Kibbutz Lotan Centre for Birdwatching – birds, birdwatching and birding tours in Israel

Lifers and Twitchers – Southern African bird tours

Oliva Rama Tours – wildlife holidays and short breaks in Spain

Shetland Nature Cruises

Walking in Etruria – guided wildlife walks in and around the Tuscany region of Italy

Western Isles Wildlife

 

Miscellaneous:

Advocates for Animals – campaigning against all animal abuse

Bird Books Direct – online store specialising in new and secondhand bird books

The British Library Public Catalogue

CamNest – bird boxes with built-in cameras

Jersey Stampsshop online for wildlife stamps

Zoological Nomenclature Resource