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:

That’s it for this season’s talks! Details of next season’s programme will be added shortly.


Neil Stratton

01573 450695


Branch outings

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

We have organised a boat trip around Coquet Island which lasts about an hour followed by some bird watching along the Northumberland coast in the afternoon.

Coquet island is described as:  “A seabird paradise situated about a mile from Amble harbour, the island is the home to 40,000 nesting sea birds such as; Puffins, rare Roseate Terns, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Artic Terns, Kittiwakes and Eider ducks which all nest here in the summer months. Also a Grey Seal colony which stays at the island all year round is seen on the east side of the island. The islands rich marine life can be viewed aboard our vessels.”

This year we have a back-up plan of visiting Holy Island instead if the boat trip is cancelled due to bad weather.

This outing is for birdwatchers of all abilities and there will be several experienced ones present to help with ID (if required). If you have a scope, bring it along, although don’t worry if you haven’t one – there will be several available to have a look through.

We are meeting at the East Ord car park (NT975515) at 9:00am for car sharing to Amble.

The boat we have booked holds 12 people and costs £8 per head. If you wish to go on the boat trip please contact Neil Stratton on 01573 450695 or email as soon as possible as bookings will be taken on a “first come first served” basis.


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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