Evening talks programme
Castlehill Heritage Centre, Harbour Road, Castletown, Caithness, KW14 8TG (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area).
On the following Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm:
03 Feb 2016 – ‘The migrations and status of the Purple Sandpiper in Britain and Ireland’ with Ron Summers
Ron’s talk summarises how small scale studies by amateur bird watchers have gradually elucidated the complexities of the migration patterns of the Purple Sandpiper, and described how the fortunes of this bird are changing.
Ron Summers is a Conservation Scientist at RSPB and, over the past 25 years, has been involved in studies of a range of Highland birds and particularly pinewood species. He is from Dundee, and attained a BSc in Zoology and PhD after studying at St Andrews and Aberdeen Universities. Further bird studies have taken him to the University of Cape Town, Goose Green in the Falkland Islands, and the Norfolk coast before joining the RSPB in Inverness. Throughout these studies he has maintained a long-running interest in Purple Sandpipers.
02 Mar 2016 – Ray Murray – Twenty years on: The SE Scotland Atlas
06 Apr 2016 – AGM & Members’ Night
No outings currently planned. Any updates will be available on the SOC website.
About the branch
Angus McBay Schoolhouse, Weydale, Thurso, KY14 8YJ, Tel 01847 894663
Bird recording in Caithness
Visit the Caithness recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.
Caithness Birds website
What to know more about birds in Caithness? Visit www.caithnessbirds.co.uk , your one stop shop for finding out more about birds and birdwatching in Caithness as well as branch news and activities.
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Recent Caithness sightings can be also be found at: http://www.stjohnspool-birds.co.uk/
Over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of injured birds brought into Highland Council’s Ranger Service and the local veterinary surgery in Thurso. At present there is no facility on mainland Scotland (north) where birds can be held until fit enough for their release or for transporting to a sanctuary that can provide longer term care. To overcome this problem the Caithness Branch of the SOC have successfully raised money and have built the aviary. We would like to thank the following for helping us to make it happen.
Aviary – breakdown of funding:
Sponsored hill walk £103
Norfrost and Merrimas £59
Sponsored birdwatch £40
Surgery collecting box £29
Sinclair’s books £10
Donations to R.S. and interest £65
Loch of Mey hide
The hide is open all year for public use (apart from 31st December). It provides excellent views of wildfowl and waders, and is suitable for wheelchair access. It is situated on the north Caithness coast, west of the village of Mey. The signposted track starts opposite the road leading to Harrow harbour near the village of Scarfskerry. Parking is available at the old ruin.
The hide and footpath were funded by: Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise, Leader, Scottish Natural Heritage, BT Countryside for All, Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, East Sutherland Bird Club, RSPB, Northern Studies, Highland Council and The Castle Arms Hotel.