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:

14 Mar 2017
John Savory – The Carrifran Wildwood story and colonisation by woodland birds there

John will be describing the history of the Borders Forest Trust and its acquisition of the Carrifran Valley and other properties in the Moffat Hills. He’ll tell us more about the native woodland restoration planting programme, which has been in place there for the last 16 years, and the regular bird surveys which have been carried out at the wood and at an adjacent unplanted valley since 1998. This has provided a unique opportunity for measuring the effect of rewilding of an upland woodland habitat on the local avifauna.

After graduating in Zoology (BSc) at Aberdeen University in 1967, John did PhD research at Banchory on the feeding ecology of red grouse. He then did 25 years as a poultry scientist at the Roslin Institute, and then poultry behaviour and welfare research and teaching at the Scottish Agricultural College for 6 years before retiring in 2003. Since then John has done weekly volunteering at the Carrifran Wildwood story and is the biological recorder on its Steering Group. He also does occasional work in the SOC’s archive and is on the Library Committee.

11 Apr 2017
AGM & Iain Malzer – Bearded Tits on the Tay Reedbeds.


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.

18/03/17         Ken Dee RSPB Reserve
Meet at New Galloway High Street (toilets) at 10.30 hrs. On to Ken Dee Reserve for around 11.00 Whole day birding trip until c. 16.00 please bring a picnic lunch.

22/04/17         Dumfries House
Meet at 10.00 hrs at Dumfries House car park. Whole day birding trip until c. 15.30. cafe on site or bring a picnic lunch.

May 17           Northern Ireland – weekend trip by coach – Details TBA
Meet at 07.30 hrs at Dodd’s garage


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:

Position vacant

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 (February 2017) 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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