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:
09 Feb 2016 – “Videographer: Outlands of the Lothians”, with Neil Grubb
A move away from the city a few years ago inspired Dr Neil Grubb to begin recording the wildlife of Roslin Glen on digital video. Neil, a cardiologist by trade, quickly got to the ‘heart’ of the matter, combining moving pictures, music, and carefully paced commentary.
Neil Grubb is a film-maker based in Roslin Glen in Midlothian. He began birding 9 years ago when he moved to the area from Edinburgh. Neil’s first full-length documentary film,Oasis – The Birds of the Esk Valleys, has recently been awarded category 1 status for Films that Make A Difference by Filmmakers for Conservation, an international wildlife film-making body.
08 Mar 2016 – Chas Moonie – New images since the Pallid Harrier
12 Apr 2016 – Russell Nisbet – Migration and the Isle of May
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 20 February 2016
Doonfoot and Greenan Shore. Meet at Greenan Castle car park at 10am.
Sat 19 March 2016
Glen Afton and New Cumnock Knockshinnoch Lagoons. Meet at Glen Afton at 10.30am.
Sat 16 April 2016
Wood of Cree and the extension woodlands (new reserve). Meet at the reserve car park at 11am.
Sat 21 May 2016
Loch Doon and Ness Glen. Meet at the Roundhouse car park at 10.30am.
Fri 26 May – Monday 6 June 2016
Seven nights on Orkney by coach and boat, with visits and nearby overnight stays in Inverness (going north) and Carrbridge (going south).
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 email@example.com .
About the branch
Anne Dick, Rowanmyle House, Tarbolton, Mauchline, KA5 5LU, Tel 01292 541981
Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:
John Rogers and as below:
Newsletter Editor (The Stonechat)/ Trips organiser:
Indoor meetings organiser:
Outdoor meetings organiser:
Assistant Ayrshire recorder:
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.