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
Scott Room, George & Abbotsford Hotel, High Street, Melrose, TD6 9PD
The following Monday evenings at 7.30pm*
13 Oct 2014 ”Isle of Canna”, with Gordon Riddle
Gordon Riddle has visited the Isle of Canna since 1984. This talk will cover the history, archaeology and wildlife interests of this diverse island. Especially interesting is the birdlife- raptors, seabirds and corncrakes-and the story of the conservation work which has taken place recently to ensure their future.
10 Nov 2014 Jenny Lennon – Aberdeen Red Kites: Past, present and future
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
Mon 6 Oct West Water Reservoir. Meet at West Linton village green at 3.30pm to search feeding areas towards Lanark
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
About the branch
Neil Stratton, Heiton Mains, Heiton, Kelson, TD5 8JR
Committee member and representative of branch on SOC Council:
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
Lothian 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
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