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Local branches of the Club

The SOC has 15 local branches around the country, from Orkney to West Galloway. Select a branch from the list below for more information on the activities, events and publications of each, as well as branch contact details.15 branch map



Barnacle Geese, Waterston House © Ian Andrews

An administrative hub, resource centre, wildlife art gallery and events venue.

Waterston House runs a wide range of events throughout the year including Optics Days, Goosewatch events, Birdwatching for Beginners courses, an Annual Book Fair and Dawn Chorus events.

On a daily basis, the Donald Watson Art Gallery at Waterston House plays host to a year-round programme of exhibitions from some of the UK’s top wildlife artists. Entry to the gallery is free and open to all during normal visitor hours.

This year we hope to be able to offer you an even greater variety of events to take part in including photography courses, art demonstrations and workshops, so please do keep checking our list of forthcoming events

Find out what events are coming up at Waterston House



SOC Annual Conference

Every year the Club organises an Annual Conference (which includes the Club’s AGM) in October/ November time. This takes the form of a weekend event, with registration opening on the Friday afternoon.

Details of the 2016 Annual Conference will be added to the website next year.


BTO/SOC Scottish Birdwatchers’ Conference

Every year the SOC and BTO Scotland host the Scottish Birdwatchers’ Conference.

Details of the 2016 Scottish Birdwatchers’ Conference can be found here.


Birdwatchers’ Calendar

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Bird ringing demo at the 2012 Scottish Birdfair © Ed Mackey

Visit our Birdwatchers’ Calendar page for an overview of some of the bigger wildlife and nature related events happening across the UK, as well as a reminder of some of the bigger Club-organised events which take place outside of Headquarters.

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