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


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:

09 Mar 2015      “Dippers: A much loved bird at risk?”, with Peter Mawby

The Dipper is a familiar bird of fast-flowing rivers and streams but it is in decline across its range. What are the reasons for this decline and can it be reversed? Peter presents results from his 50-year study of the Dipper in the Yorkshire Dales.

Peter Mawby’s interest in ornithology began in his school days and he has been licensed to ring birds for over 50 years. Whilst still at school he was part of one of the first expeditions to visit South-East Iceland to study the breeding distribution of the Great Skua. Subsequently he organised and led his own expeditions to the Shetland and Faroe Islands and was awarded a grant whilst an undergraduate at Cambridge University to extend his studies to Arctic Scandinavia. He is currently researching the environmental impact of changing patterns of agriculture on riparian birds of the Western Dales.

13 Apr 2015        AGM & Social Evening


Neil Stratton

01573 450695


Branch outings

Sun 29 Mar       RSPB Loch Leven (formerly RSPB 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


Neil Stratton

01573 450695



About the branch

Branch committee


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


Malcolm Henderson


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

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

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