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:
11 Oct 2016
*Change to advertised programme* Gordon Riddle – Working with the Kestrel
Gordon Riddle, Chairman of the South Strathclyde Raptor Study Group, has been monitoring a population of kestrels on the Ayrshire/Dumfries & Galloway border for 43 years. It is one of the longest running programmes on this species in Britain and has resulted in three books and several papers on the subject. The illustrated presentation will concentrate on the practical aspects of his work – setting up the scheme, fieldwork techniques including ringing and satellite tagging, the breeding season and some of the long term results. The kestrel’s recent history is one of steady decline, we need to understand why and take the appropriate conservation measures.
08 Nov 2016
Jeremy Brock – Spanish Steppes: Birds of the Laguna de Gallocanta
13 Dec 2016
Kenny Kortland – Plantations: Lifeless monocultures or biodiversity hotspots?
10 Jan 2017
*Change to advertised programme* Jim Cassels – Mapping Arran’s birds
14 Feb 2017
Innes Sim – Ring Ouzel conservation
14 Mar 2017
John Savory – The Carrifran Wildwood story and colonisation by woodland birds there
11 Apr 2017
AGM & speaker to be announced
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.
24/09/16 Caerlaverock WWT Reserve
Meet at 11.00 hrs at the reserve car park. Whole day birding trip until c. 15.30. Cafe on site or bring a picnic lunch.
15/10/16 Loch Ryan
Meet at 10.30 hrs at Ballantrae car park (toilets). Whole day birding trip until c. 15.30. Please bring a picnic lunch.
19/11/16 Loch Leven RSPB Reserve – outing by coach.
Meet at 07.30 hrs at Dodd’s garage . Whole day birding trip. Cafe on site or bring a picnic lunch.
17/12/16 Irvine Harbour
Meet at 10.30 hrs at Harbour car park (toilets). Whole day birding trip until c. 15.30. Please bring a picnic lunch.
21/01/17 Maidens and Culzean
Meet at 10.30 hrs at Maidens car park (toilets). Whole day birding trip until c. 15.30. Cafe at Culzean or bring a picnic lunch.
18/02/17 Greenan and Doonfoot
Meet at 10.00 hrs at Greenan Castle car park. Trip lasts until 12.00 hrs.
18/03/17 Ken Dee RSPB Reserve
Meet at New Galloway High Street (toilets) at 10.30 hrs. On to Ken Dee Reserve for around 11.00 Whole day birding trip until c. 16.00 please bring a picnic lunch.
22/04/17 Dumfries House
Meet at 10.00 hrs at Dumfries House car park. Whole day birding trip until c. 15.30. cafe on site or bring a picnic lunch.
May 17 Northern Ireland – weekend trip by coach – Details TBA
Meet at 07.30 hrs at Dodd’s garage
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 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)/ Trips organiser:
Indoor meetings organiser:
Outdoor meetings organiser:
Assistant Ayrshire recorder:
Click here to download the latest issue (Autumn 2016) 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.