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



The following Monday evenings at 7.30pm*

08 Sep 2014        ”Seven years into the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project”, with Sonja Ludwig

This partnership project aims to reconcile grouse moor and raptor conservation interests with the core objective of re-establishing Langholm Moor as a driven grouse moor while maintaining a viable population of Hen Harriers under SPA guidelines. Started in 2008, the 10-year project is now in its seventh year, and this talk will give an overview over employed management tools, scientific monitoring, and where the project is in respect of its targets.  

13 Oct 2014         Gordon Riddle – Isle of Canna

10 Nov 2014        Jenny Lennon – Aberdeen Red Kites: Past, present and future

08 Dec 2014        Members’ Night

21 Jan* 2015        Lisa Cole – NTS St Abb‘s Head NNR (NB: Wednesday, joint with RSPB, Corn Exchange, Melrose, 1930 hrs)

09 Feb 2015        Ian Thomson – Shotguns & Short-toed Eagles: Birding on the island of Malta

09 Mar 2015       Peter Mawby – Dippers: A much loved bird at risk?

13 Apr 2015        AGM & Social Evening



Neil Stratton

01573 450695


Branch outings

None planned.


Ray Murray

01721 730677


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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