The 2013 Scottish Birdfair

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The 2013 Scottish Birdfair, Hopetoun House, Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May 2013

The Scottish Birdfair has something for everyone – from the most dedicated birders, to garden birdwatchers and those with a more general interest in wildlife. Check out the RSPB’s website for more information and to book your tickets. Click here to view the full programme of events for the weekend.

 

SOC events at the 2013 Scottish Birdfair

Drop by the SOC stand over the course of the weekend to find out more about the Club, what we do and how you can get involved! You’ll also be able to try out and upload your photos to our brand new SOC website! See below for the packed programme of activities we’ve got lined up for you across the course of the weekend. Please note: booking is required for certain events (see below). Drop by the stand to secure your place (spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and cannot be booked in advance).

 

… SATURDAY

 

  • WALK

Birdwatching for beginners lead by David Atkins, SOC Lothian branch

12.30pm, duration approx. 45 minutes- 1 hour

Join us for a gentle stroll around Hopetoun’s woodlands and let us introduce you to some of its feathered residents and seasonal visitors.

Meet at the SOC stand 5 minutes before the start. A limited supply of binoculars will be available free to hire for this event.

 

  • ACTIVITY

Dissect an owl pellet lead by Dave Allan, SOC

12.30pm, duration 45 minutes, Yurt

Dissect an owl pellet and find out what these owls last had for dinner! Discover the  clever design features which make owls such top hunters!

Booking required- visit the SOC stand.  (see map in programme).

 

  • TALK

Eric Meek in association with the SOC, “Fair Isle- Scotland’s birding Mecca”

12.50pm, duration 30 minutes

Fair Isle, Britain’s most remote inhabited island, lies half way between Orkney and Shetland and has long been renowned as the country’s premier site for witnessing bird migration.  Eric Meek will introduce you to this magical
island and whet your appetite as to what you might see when you eventually make your pilgrimage to this birding Mecca.

Booking not required, meet at the talks marquee 5 minutes before the start.

 

  • WORKSHOP

Stan da Prato, SOC, “Songbirds and their song”

1.30pm, duration 45 minutes

Find out how to identify the birds, recognise their songs and calls and gain an insight into how they live.

Book your place at the SOC stand. Meet at the workshop marquee 5 minutes before the start.

 

  • THANK YOU RECEPTION

BTO/SOC Members & Volunteers Thank You Reception

3pm, duration 30 minutes

BTO & SOC members and volunteers are invited to join us for cake and refreshments as we celebrate your continued support. We’d like to take another opportunity to thank you for achieving fantastic coverage for the Bird Atlas 2007-2011 project, before taking a look forward at upcoming projects we’ll be doing together. No need to book, join us at the Reception Area (see map in programme).

 

  • WALK

Birdwatching for beginners lead by Stan da Prato, SOC

3.30pm, duration approx. 45 minutes- 1 hour

Join us for a gentle stroll around Hopetoun’s woodlands and let us introduce you to some of its feathered residents and seasonal visitors.

Meet at the SOC stand 5 minutes before the start. A limited supply of binoculars will be available free to hire for this event.

 

 

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

 

  • STAND ACTIVITY

Second-hand book shop

All day Saturday & Sunday

Browse our selection of high quality, second-hand natural history books and journals! Proceeds from the sale of our second-hand books are invested back into the Club.

 

  • WALK

Saturday & Sunday

The SOC will also be partnering with the BTO on their ‘Get involved in bird recording’ walks – see the event timetable for full details http://www.scottishbirdfair.org.uk/event-timetable-2013/

 

 

… SUNDAY

 

  • STAND ACTIVITY

Jenny Sturgeon, a PhD student from the University of Aberdeen, with partial project funding from the SOC, studying a population of colour-ringed European shags on the east coast of the UKjenny-sturgeon-doing-phd-fieldwork

All day

“I am specifically interested in looking at where the youngsters go in the winter and how their movements may influence their future breeding and survival. With the help of volunteers from all over the UK we are able to resight thousands of shags every winter, from Sussex to Shetland!”

Jenny will be along at the Scottish Birdfair, on the SOC stall, on Sunday 12th May to talk about this exciting work. Drop by the stand and learn more about this project, find out how you can get involved and have a go at reading colour rings!

For more information please visit http://www.ceh.ac.uk/sci_programmes/WinterdistributionofIsleofMayshags.html

 

  • WORKSHOP

Ian Thomson, SOC, “Raptor Identification”

11.30am, duration 45 minutes

What was that big bird of prey sitting on that fencepost? If you don’t know, join us and find out more Scotland’s birds of prey, how to identify them and hear about the challenges they face.

Book your place at the SOC stand. Meet at the workshop marquee 5 minutes before the start.

 

  • WALK

Birdwatching for beginners

12pm, duration approx. 45 minutes- 1 hour

Join us for a gentle stroll around Hopetoun’s woodlands and let us introduce you to some of its feathered residents and seasonal visitors.

Meet at the SOC stand 5 minutes before the start. A limited supply of binoculars will be available free to hire for this event.

 

 

  • ACTIVITY

Dissect an owl pellet

12.30pm, duration 45 minutes, Yurt

Dissect an owl pellet and find out what these owls last had for dinner! Discover the  clever design features which make owls such top hunters!

Booking required- visit the SOC stand (see map in programme).

 

  • TALK

Peter Slater in association with the SOC, “Why do birds sing”

1.55pm, duration 30 minutes

In a world full of predators with acute hearing, sitting on top of a tree and making a loud, rich and varied sound would seem a very bad idea. So why do birds do it? The talk shall look at two aspects of this question: one, what advantage does singing give to birds that do it, and two, why is it quite so loud, rich and varied?

Booking not required, meet at the talks marquee 5 minutes before the start.

 

  • WALK

Nature photography demonstration & walk with Laurie Campbell

2.30pm, duration approx. 45 minutes- 1 hour

Join this multi-award winning photographer for a stroll amongst Hopetoun’s woodlands as he illuminates nature’s everyday compositions with a view to photographing them.

Booking is strictly essential. Meet at the SOC stand 10 minutes before the start.

 

  • DEMONSTRATION

Ray Murray, SOC, Digi-scoping demo

3.45pm, duration approx. 30 minutes

A demonstration and chance to ask questions on the art of digi-scoping

Drop by the Biodiversity Garden (see map in programme)

 

All for a good cause!

This year, RSPB’s featured bird is the Corncrake. Funds raised by the Scottish Birdfair will help them to continue their work to protect this and other remarkable birds.