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:

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    
Members’ Night

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


Neil Stratton

01573 450695


Branch outings

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


Neil Stratton

01573 450695


About the branch

Branch committee


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


David Parkinson


Martin Moncrieff

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

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