Ayrshire branch

Stonechat © Tony Scott

Stonechat © Tony Scott


Evening talks programme


Monkton Community Church & Pioneer Cafe



Details of the 2014/2015 Winter talks programme will be added shortly



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 26 Apr 2014 – Dumfries House. Meet at 10.30am, finish 3pm. Woodland and riverside walks.

•  Sat 24 – Tues 27 May 2014 – Yorkshire weekend coach trip (apologies, this is now fully booked)

•  Sat 21 Jun 2014 – RSPB Wood of Cree Reserve. meet at the reserve car park at 11am for an all-day excursion finishing around 4pm.



Jim Thomson, 01292 570351,  or Tony Scott for coach trip details on 01292 281085.

Trips are in conjunction with RSPB Central Ayrshire Local Group on a car-share basis.


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




Ian Clark

Committee members:

Al Barker, Patrick Gibbs, Tony Scott,  Duncan Watt

Conservation officer:

Roger Hissett


Tony Scott

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.

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. This year Ayrshire Birders Abroad are planning a trip to Tarifa in September, for the autumn migration in 2013. Further information can be found in the latest issue of the branch newsletter, available to download above.

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