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:

12 Sep 2017    Chris Rollie – Jack Gordon’s Birds of Wigtownshire 1895–1935

10 Oct 2017     Ian Poxton – Merlins in the Lammermuir Hills 1984-2014: How birds and fieldworkers get by on heavily-keepered grouse moors!

14 Nov 2017    Kenny Kortland – Plantations: Lifeless monocultures or biodiversity hotspots?

12 Dec 2017    Mark Newell – Seabird studies on the Isle of May: Spreading our wings after forty years

09 Jan 2018    Brian Morrell – Incredible journeys

13 Feb 2018    Barbara Helm – Biological clocks help birds stay on time

13 Mar 2018     Ben Darvill – Technology, tags and tracks

10 Apr 2018     AGM & Tom Byars – Dynamite in the dunes: A natural history of the Ardeer Peninsula


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.

That’s it for this season’s outings! Details of next season’s programme will be added shortly.


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


Pat Gibbs

Representative of the branch on SOC Council:

David Rackham


Ian Clark

Committee members:

Brian Dodson, John Drummond & Brian Lennox

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


Ayrshire branch activities and communications

Talks reminders:

Members are emailed a reminder about forthcoming talks with more information on the speaker and subject where possible, usually a week or so in advance of the meeting. If you don’t already receive these alerts and would like to, please contact us.

Branch newsletter:

The Stonechatclick here to download the latest issue (February 2017) of the branches’ newsletter, The Stonechat. The publication comes out twice a year in February and September. Subscribers are emailed a PDF version of the newsletter. If you would like to receive The Stonechat directly to your inbox, please email Tony Scott.


SOC Ayrshire branch sponsors a local website, www.ayrshire-birding.org.uk, which is a one-stop shop for anything to do with birds and birding in the area – news, sightings, site guides, latest photos and branch activities.

Forum/News group:

Ayrshire Bird News (Yahoo group) https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ayrshirebirding/. This 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 popular holidays, organised independently by seasoned tour guide and SOC/RSPB Member Tony Scott, 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. Details of future trips are also published in The Stonechat and on the Ayrshire Birding website.

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