Borders branch

Nuthatch, coppyright Angus Hogg

Nuthatch © Angus Hogg


The Borders branch of the SOC holds a varied range of talks & presentations on a monthly basis throughout the winter and spring. Get in touch with us (by contacting Neil, details below) if you would like to join our mailing list to receive email updates of forthcoming talks and outings.

Evening talks programme


Scott Room, George & Abbotsford Hotel, High Street, Melrose, TD6 9PD (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area).



The following Monday evenings at 7.30pm:

11 Sep 2017    To be announced

09 Oct 2017     Stan da Prato – The changing wildlife of the East Lothian coast

13 Nov 2017    Peadar O’Connell – RSPB’s seabird conservation work: Tackling national and international challenges

11 Dec 2017    Members’ Night

08 Jan 2018     Malcolm Ross – Svalbard

12 Feb 2018    Ben Darvill – Technology, tags and tracks

12 Mar 2018     Ally Phillimore – Timing is everything: Phenology talk

09 Apr 2018     AGM & social evening


Neil Stratton

01573 450695


Branch outings

That’s it for this season’s outings- next season’s will be added shortly.


Neil Stratton

01573 450695


About the branch

Branch committee

Secretary and representative of branch on SOC Council :

Neil Stratton, Heiton Mains, Heiton, Kelson, TD5 8JR


David Parkinson


Martin Moncrieff

Committee members:

Malcolm Ross

Borders recorders:

David Parkinson and Martin Moncrieff


Borders branch activities and communications

Talks and outings reminders:

Members are emailed a reminder about forthcoming talks with more information on the speaker and subject where possible, usually a week or so in advance of the meeting. A similar reminder service operates for outings. If you don’t already receive these alerts and would like to, please contact us.

Forums/News Group:

Borders SOC Bird News Group (Yahoo) to keep up with the latest sightings and to make general comments and observations. To join the group visit: and then click on “Join Group”. Note that you will be prompted to sign in to your Yahoo email account or to create one.”

Discussion Group:

Borders Discussion Group meets from September to March on a Monday evening (usually the Monday after the branch meeting) in Melrose. The meetings are usually announced on the Borders Bird News Forum and are open to anyone wishing to attend.


Birdwatching in the area

Click here for a guide of recommended sites to visit in the Borders and to download the branches’ free, full-colour birdwatching guide to the area.

Click here for our guide to Birdwatching on the Berwickshire coast


Bird recording in the area

Visit the Borders recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.


South-East Scotland Bird Atlas

Image to go alongside SE Scotland Atlas infoLothian and Borders regions joined forces to run a local Bird Atlas project in parallel with BTO’s Bird Atlas 2007-11. Over 445,000 records were gathered over the six year period and a great deal of detailed analysis has now been undertaken. The aim is to publish the Birds in South-east Scotland 2007-13 in 2017, and there will be a pre-publication offer via the SOC. Click here to visit the South-East Scotland Bird Atlas website.

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