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 Oct 2016
Tony Crease – Bombs, bullets and Bonxies
A report on the vagaries of the seabird populations using the Air Weapons and Royal Naval Bombardment Range at Cape Wrath; a review of over 50 expeditions in 24 years.
Born in Peebles, Tony joined the Royal Scots Greys as a young man and after amalgamation in 1971 served a full military career in The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. He is currently Deputy Commander of the military ranges and training estate for the North of England. A lifelong naturalist and bird ringer he has been involved in environmental projects on several continents and has led the Operation Auk Ringing Expedition to Cape Wrath for 24 years. A founder member of Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve in North Yorkshire he continues as a Trustee, and is the leader of Swaledale Ringing Group.
14 Nov 2016
Darren Woodhead – From Aberlady to the Arctic: Painting natural history in watercolour
12 Dec 2016
18 Jan 2017
Joint with RSPB at the Corn Exchange, Melrose. Ian Thomson, Head of Investigations RSPB Scotland. Title to be announced (NB: Wednesday).
13 Feb 2017
Darren Rees – Wildlife of Speyside
13 Mar 2017
Mark Holling – Twenty years on: The SE Scotland Atlas
10 Apr 2017
AGM & social evening
Sat 15 Oct 2016
The Hirsel and Hule Moss. Meet at the Hirsel visitor centre at 10.00am
Thu 17 Nov 2016
Musselburgh, Aberlady Bay and Gosford. Meet at Goose Green Place, Musselburgh at 10.00am
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org