Ayrshire

Ayrshire branch

Stonechat © Tony Scott

Stonechat © Tony Scott

 

Evening talks programme

Venue:

Monkton Community Church & Pioneer Cafe, Main Street, KA9 2RN

When:

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

 

09 Dec 2014        “Conservation on Ailsa Craig”, with Bernie Zonfrillo

“Over 20 years ago ecologist Dr Bernie Zonfrillo and a team from Glasgow University effectively eradicated Brown Rats from Ailsa Craig. Formerly the island was a huge Puffin colony but had long been devoid of breeding Puffins  since before the 1920’s. After rat eradication, that all changed and Puffins eventually returned to breed. But what other changes have happened since then ? This talk will discuss the additions and health of one of the world’s great seabird colonies.”

13 Jan 2015         Neil Bielby – Birds of Clackmannanshire

10 Feb 2015        Eric Meek – Orkney Memoir

10 Mar 2015       Phillip Cowie – Millport Field Study Centre

14 Apr 2015        Ray Murray – A winter migrant to India 

Contact:

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 22 Nov         Dumfries House Estate. Meet at visitor centre car park at 10.15am

Sat 13 Dec         Loch Ryan, Stranraer & Wig Bay. Meet at Ballantrae car park at 10.30am

Sat 24 Jan           Birding the Glasgow area with Jim Coyle. Meet at Rouken Glen car park at 10.30am

Sat 21 Feb          Doonfoot & Greenan. Meet at Greenan Castle car park at 10.00am

Sat 21 Mar         RSPB Lochwinnoch Reserve & Clyde Muirshiel. Meet at Lochwinnoch Reserve at 10.30am

Sat 25 Apr          Castle Kennedy. Meet at Ballantrae car park at 10.30am

Sat 16 May        Threave Estate & Ken Dee Marshes.  Meet at New Galloway High Street at 10.30am

Contact:

Jim Thomson, 01292 570351,  or Tony Scott for coach trip details on 01292 281085 or email da.scott@tiscali.co.uk.

 

About the branch

Branch committee

Secretary:

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

Treasurer:

Ian Clark

Committee members:

John Rogers and as below:

Environmental Advisor:

Roger Hissett

Newsletter Editor (The Stonechat):

Tony Scott

Indoor meetings organiser:

Duncan Watt

Outdoor meetings organiser:

Jim Thomson

Hon chair/President:

Norman Lawrie

Ayrshire recorder:

Fraser Simpson

 

Useful information:

The Stonechat

Click here to download the latest issue of the branch’s 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.

Current branch developments

A survey of Ayrshire’s coastal population of Stonechat is planned for March 2013 and expected to run into July 2013. Areas of the Ayrshire coast have been sectioned off and matched with a volunteer observer for the purposes of finding out:

a)  Which sections have regained their breeding birds (after the 2010-11 winter crash)

b)  What the success rate for these birds is

c)  Which major gaps in the distribution (cf pre-2010) still exist

Results of the survey will be added when available however if you would like to find out more about it, please contact Angus Hogg.

‘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. Next year Ayrshire Birders Abroad are planning a trip to New England. Further details and information will be made available in The Stonechat, however meantime, please feel free to get in touch with Tony Scott as above.

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