Borders

Borders branch

Kingfisher © Graham Pyatt

Kingfisher © Graham Pyatt

 

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 Ray, details below) if you would like to join our mailing list to receive email updates of forthcoming talks and outings.

Evening talks programme

Venue:

Scott Room, George & Abbotsford Hotel, High Street, Melrose, TD6 9PD

 

When:

The following Monday evenings at 7.30pm*

10 Nov 2014        Jenny Weston, RSPB Conservation Officer – Aberdeen Red Kites: Past, present and future

The Aberdeen red kite reintroduction was the last project in the Scottish return of the red kite. 101 birds were released between 2007 and 2009 and now we have a fledgling breeding population. What next for the enigmatic birds of prey?

08 Dec 2014        Members’ Night

21 Jan* 2015        Lisa Cole – NTS St Abb‘s Head NNR (NB: Wednesday, joint with RSPB, Corn Exchange, Melrose, 1930 hrs)

09 Feb 2015        Ian Thomson – Shotguns & Short-toed Eagles: Birding on the island of Malta

09 Mar 2015       Peter Mawby – Dippers: A much loved bird at risk?

13 Apr 2015        AGM & Social Evening

 

Contact:

Neil Stratton

01573 450695

 

Branch outings

Sun 26 Oct         St Abb‘s Head. Meet at main car park at farm at 8.30am

Sun 30 Nov        Bemersyde and Smailholm. Meet at St Boswells village green at 9.00am to arrange car sharing

Sun 25 Jan         Mersehead. Meeting details to be confirmed

Thu 26 Feb        Along the Teviot, Heiton to Nisbet.  Meet at Heiton Main Street at 8.30am

Sun 29 Mar       Vane Farm. Car sharing to be arranged

Wed 29 Apr      Holy Island. Meet at western end of causeway at 8.30am, car sharing to be arranged (NB: causeway impassable 11.05am-3.00pm)

Thu 21 May       Langholm Moor. Car sharing to be arranged

Contact:

Neil Stratton

01573 450695

 

 

About the branch

Branch committee

Secretary:

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

Chair:

Malcolm Henderson

Treasurer:

David Parkinson

Committee members:

Malcolm Ross

Committee member and representative of branch on SOC Council:

Ray Murray

Borders recorder:

Ray Murray

 

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 www.the-soc.org.uk/se-atlas.

Borders Bird News

Join our email newsgroup http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/bordersbirdnews/?tab=s to keep up with the latest sightings and to make general comments and observations. To subscribe to the list please email bordersbirdnews-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk

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