Evening talks programme
Monkton Community Church & Pioneer Cafe, Main Street, KA9 2RN
The following Tuesday evenings. 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
11 Nov 2014 Ian Thomson – Shotguns & Short-toed Eagles: Birding on the island of Malta
Malta is a well-known and very popular holiday destination, with a fascinating cultural and historical background. However, it is also notorious for the killing of protected birds, particularly during the spring and autumn migration periods. Can it be a holiday destination for birders in a similar way to other Mediterranean islands? This talk discusses the island’s history & politics, it’s birdlife & the problem of illegal hunting, and looks to the future….
Ian is Head of Investigations at RSPB Scotland.
09 Dec 2014 Bernard Zonfrillo – Conservation on Ailsa Craig
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
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.
1-4 Nov Wild Goose Chase on Islay (fully booked)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
Jim Thomson, 01292 570351, or Tony Scott for coach trip details on 01292 281085 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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):
Indoor meetings organiser:
Outdoor meetings organiser:
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.