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:

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

Ben will update us on some of the headlines emerging from analyses of the 2007-11 Bird Atlas and the ongoing Breeding Bird Survey. Plus we’ll take a look at how volunteer sightings can contribute to an improved understanding in future, including through the use of the BirdTrack recording system.


Neil Stratton

01573 450695


Branch outings

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

Sat 20 May 2017
Leader Water for woodland birdsong. Meet at Leaderfoot layby on B6360 (NT576347) at 10.00am

Tue 20 June 2017
Coquet Island boat trip for Roseate Terns. Meet at East Ord car park (NT975515) at 9.00am 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 recorders:

David Parkinson and Martin Moncrieff


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

Join our email newsgroup to keep up with the latest sightings and to make general comments and observations. To subscribe to the list please email

Borders 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.

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