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:

13 Mar 2017    
Mark Holling – Twenty years on: The SE Scotland Atlas

A winter and breeding tetrad atlas project took place in Lothian & Borders from 2007 to 2013 and Mark Holling’s talk will introduce some of the findings. Of particular interest are the changes which have taken place since the previous local breeding atlas in 1988-92. As well as some expected increases of species like Nuthatch and Buzzard, there have been dramatic declines of some waders and woodland species, and altitudinal changes in distributions which may be related to climate change.
Mark was local organiser for the national Bird Atlas 2007-11 in Lothian and lead the working group to plan and produce a new tetrad atlas for Lothian & Borders to run in parallel with that survey. He was also organiser and co-author of the previous atlas in the area.
Formerly a President of the SOC, and still active with SOC surveys, Mark’s job is now Secretary of the Rare Breeding Birds Panel, which marries nicely with his particular interests in bird distribution and population trends.

10 Apr 2017
AGM & Ben Darvill – The changing fortunes of Scotland’s Breeding Birds and how your sightings can help


Neil Stratton

01573 450695


Branch outings

Sat 18 Feb 2017
Caerlaverock. Meet at the visitor centre at 10.30am

Thu 9 Mar 2017
Tyninghame Bay. Meet at John Muir Country Park car park at 10.00am

Wed 26 Apr 2017  
Manor Valley for Ring Ouzels. Meet at Kingsmeadows Road car park, Peebles at 10.00am for car sharing


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 recorder:

Position vacant


Useful information:

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 have joined forces to run a local Bird Atlas project in parallel with the national 2007-11 Bird Atlas. For more details, including information on how to take part and preliminary species maps, see the South-East Scotland Bird Atlas website at

Borders Bird News

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