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 Sep 2015 – “Reintroductions and translocations – Now what?”, with Keith Morton

There have been successful reintroductions of high profile creatures such as red kites and white-tailed eagles into the UK, and especially into Scotland, over the last 40 years.  There has also been some much lower profile but still very important work done with species such as natterjack toad.  The science of reintroduction biology is more developed and sophisticated than it was when these early projects started and much more may now be technically feasible.  Where could we go next?  Where should we go next?  Is it really feasible to share our small country with Eurasian lynxes, wolves or even the brown bears?  At the other end of the scale, are there lots of smaller beasties that deserve our attention?

13 Oct 2015 – Yvonne Boles – RSPB’s work in the Trossachs and Loch Lomond
10 Nov  2015 – Chris Waltho – Forty years with the Common Eider
08 Dec 2015 – Chris Rose – Wildlife Art
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.

Details of upcoming outings will be added in due course.


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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