Ayrshire branch

Stonechat © Tony Scott

Stonechat © Tony Scott


Evening talks programme


Monkton Community Church & Pioneer Cafe, Main Street, KA9 2RN (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area).


The following Tuesday evenings. 7pm for a 7.30pm start:

08 Dec 2015 – “Wildlife Art”, with Chris Rose

Chris will be talking about his work both as an illustrator and an artist. He will describe the processes involved in producing his wildlife paintings and bird illustrations, including the recently completed Robins & Chats monograph. Original plates from the book will be on display, along with limited edition prints of his paintings and his field sketch books. 

Chris Rose is a wildlife artist who specialises in wildlife within the landscape. He is the secretary of the prestigious Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and served for six years on the board of governors of the Federation of British Artists (FBA). In addition to exhibiting in the SWLA annual show, Chris has exhibited widely throughout the UK and has had several one-man exhibitions at the SOC’s Donald Watson Gallery, Waterston House, and at the Wildlife Art Gallery, Suffolk. In 2011 he held an exhibition at the Air Gallery in Dover Street, London, in collaboration with the RSPB in support of albatross conservation. He has had work shown in France, North America, Singapore and Japan. He has won several awards including the Arts Club Award, British Birds journal’s Bird Illustrator of the Year and was twice winner of Birdwatch magazine’s Wildlife Artist of the Year. He recently appeared on BBC’s Countryfile scuba-diving and drawing underwater for the Wildlife Trusts ‘Undersea Art Award.

12 Jan 2016 – Jim Coyle – Birds of Greater Glasgow
09 Feb 2016 –  Neil Grubb – Videographer: Outlands of the Lothians
08 Mar 2016 –  Chas Moonie – New images since the Pallid Harrier
12 Apr 2016 –  Russell Nisbet – Migration and the Isle of May


Anne Dick

01292 541981


Branch outings:

For at least twelve years now, the branch has organised their field trips jointly with RSPB Central Ayrshire Local Group and outdoor leader Jim Thomson. There are two coach trips organised annually- one in winter and one in late spring. Members attending our monthly outings will have the benefit of an experienced observer who will be on hand to help with some of the trickier aspects of field identification.

Sat 12 December 2015
Fullarton Woods, Troon. Meet at Fullarton car park at 10am.

Sat 23 January 2016
Maidens and Culzean. Meet at Maidens car park at 10.30am.

Sat 20 February 2016
Doonfoot and Greenan Shore. Meet at Greenan Castle car park at 10am.

Sat 19 March 2016
Glen Afton and New Cumnock Knockshinnoch Lagoons. Meet at Glen Afton at 10.30am.

Sat 16 April 2016
Wood of Cree and the extension woodlands (new reserve). Meet at the reserve car park at 11am.

Sat 21 May 2016
Loch Doon and Ness Glen. Meet at the Roundhouse car park at 10.30am.

Fri 26 May – Monday 6 June 2016
Seven nights on Orkney by coach and boat, with visits and nearby overnight stays in Inverness (going north) and Carrbridge (going south).



For outings and to arrange car share contact Jim Thomson 01292 571889 (*note new number) or Anne Dick 01292 541981. For coach trips please contact Tony Scott on 01292 281085 or email da.scott@tiscali.co.uk .


About the branch

Branch committee


Anne Dick, Rowanmyle House, Tarbolton, Mauchline, KA5 5LU, Tel 01292 541981

Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

David Rackham

Vice-chair/minutes secretary:

Pat Gibbs


Ian Clark

Committee members:

John Rogers and as below:

Environmental Advisor:

Roger Hissett

Newsletter Editor (The Stonechat)/ Trips organiser:

Tony Scott

Indoor meetings organiser:

Duncan Watt

Outdoor meetings organiser:

Jim Thomson

Hon chair/President:

Norman Lawrie

Ayrshire recorder:

Fraser Simpson

Assistant Ayrshire recorder:

Angus Hogg


Useful information:

The Stonechat

Click here to download the latest issue of the branches’ newsletter, The Stonechat, which is produced three times a year. If you would like to be added to the electronic mailing list please contact Tony Scott.

Birdwatching in Ayrshire

SOC Ayrshire branch sponsors a local website, www.ayrshire-birding.org.uk, which contains a wealth of information about birdwatching in Ayrshire as well as information on the branch. There is also a Yahoo Group: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ayrshirebirding/info called Ayrshire Bird News which shares news of both common and rare birds. This forum also welcomes discussion on the identification of birds in Ayrshire and other relevant birding issues plus other pertinent wildlife, conservation issues and events.

Bird recording in this area

Visit the Ayrshire recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.

‘Ayrshire Birders Abroad’

These most popular holidays have taken SOC and RSPB members, as well as interested local birders, to a wide variety of places both in Europe and further afield. Please get in touch with Tony Scott as above, if you would like to receive notifications of these trips.

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