In 2007 the SOC published The Birds of Scotland, the most detailed record of Scotland's bird life ever written - a critical tool for future bird conservation. The publication proved a financial success for the Club and The Birds of Scotland Fund was established to build on its success and assist related publications and projects.
Our quarterly members’ journal, Scottish Birds, is produced by the Club’s Editorial committee and acts as a channel of communication for reporting recent advancements in the study of the Scotland’s birdlife, as well as sharing details of rare and scare bird sightings, news and observations. Back issues of the journal are now available free to download online, as are issues of Scottish Bird News, its predecessor.
Often in collaboration with the Local Recorder for the region, many of the SOC branches are involved in producing a Local Bird Report for their given recording area; a detailed record of the county’s birdlife and an invaluable source of information for future bird conservation.
Up until 2001, the Club published the Scottish Bird Report, an annual review of the birds in Scotland across all 21 recording areas. After a long absence, this has now returned in a new online format, allowing free access to species descriptions from hundreds of local bird reports, across all of the recording areas of Scotland, for any given year.
Wherever possible, we work with partnership organisations to further advance our knowledge of Scotland’s birds. The SOC is a partner of the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Group (SRMG) which produces an annual publication, the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme Report, summarising the status of Scotland’s raptors and a report of the work of SRMG during the year.
The SOC also recently partnered with BTO and BirdWatch Ireland for the 2007-2011 Atlas project to map the distribution and relative abundance of all birds throughout Britain and Ireland, both in the breeding season and in winter, the results of which will be unveiled in autumn 2013. Atlases occupy a key ‘niche’ in bird surveying in Britain. Many surveys go so far as estimate the numbers of birds of a particular species, but it falls to atlases to provide data on the distribution of birds across the UK.