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:

08 Feb 2016 – ‘Birding in Europe: Steppes, forests, bogs and tundra’, with Bozena Summers

Birdwatching across Europe; from the steppes of Hungary and the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, through the ancient forests of Poland and bogs of Estonia, to the tundra of northern Norway. 

Bozena has a BSc in Zoology from Cardiff University and completed a PhD and worked as an ornithologist at the University of Cape Town. Since 1994 she has been living in Inverness and has worked for SNH, RSPB and similar organisations, in between running bird tours for ScotNature.

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

Thurs 17 March 2016
Thornylee for Goshawk display

Sat 23 April 2016
Eyemouth to Burnmouth path for seabird return


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

Young Birders CTA

Download the young Birder Application form - Word Doc
Download the training course application form - PDF
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