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:

Details of next season’s branch programme will be added in due course.


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


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


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.

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 eastern Germany for the crane migration this October. Click here to view the itinerary and booking form. Group size will be limited to around 14 persons. Please get in touch with Tony Scott as above, if you have any questions.

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