Whether you’re new to birdwatching, a keen ornithologist or somewhere in between, the SOC will help you further your knowledge and enjoyment of Scotland’s wonderful birdlife.
Who are we?
On the one hand, a birdwatching club.
The SOC is Scotland’s bird club with 15 branches around the country and a growing membership of over 3000. We bring together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.
On the other, a network of volunteers across Scotland, gathering vital, impartial information about our wild birds.
Monitoring and recording is our bread and butter. For more than 75 years we’ve been watching over Scotland’s birds, recording their numbers, presence or absence all over Scotland through the SOC’s network of Local Recorders and dedicated volunteers. The data we collect is then made available to organisations such as the RSPB, and is one of the first points of reference in informed conservation planning. It is also available to conservationists, planner and developers and is a critical tool for future bird conservation.
The SOC is Scotland’s Bird Club with 15 branches around the country and a growing membership of over 3000.