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 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:

14 Sep 2015 –  “Birding in India”, by Ray Murray

A tour round India, showing the Thar desert, the Bharatphur wetlands, tributaries of the Ganges, the Himalayas and Goa. So lots to pack in! If you want to hear about the Plumbeous Water Redstart come along! Ray Murray has been local recorder for Borders region since the 1980s, was one of the editors of the SOC’s landmark publication, ‘Birds of Scotland’ and is currently busy producing the SE Scotland Bird Atlas.

12 Oct 2015 –  Gordon Riddle – Isle of Canna
09  Nov 2015 – Edmund Fellowes – Wildlife at a weir: A look at birds and other wildlife on the River Nith in Dumfries
14 Dec 2015 –  Members’ Night
11 Jan 2016-   To be announced
08 Feb 2016 – Bozena Summers – Birding in Europe: Steppes, forests, bogs and tundra
14 Mar 2016 –  John Savory – The Carrifran Wildwood story and its colonisation by woodland birds
11 Apr 2016 – AGM & Social Evening


Neil Stratton

01573 450695


Branch outings

Details to be added in due course.


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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