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:
08 Mar 2017
Bob Swann – Red-breasted Geese in Bulgaria
The trials and tribulations of trying to catch Red-breasted Geese in Bulgaria and the subsequent fascinating results from this work.
Based in Tain, Ross-shire, Bob has been a member of the SOC since he was a school boy in Edinburgh. He has been a keen birder ever since and between 2007-11 was Scottish organiser of the Bird Atlas project. He is secretary of the Highland Ringing Group and has been involved in long-term studies of seabirds on Canna, raptors in Easter Ross and waders and wildfowl in the Moray Firth. This included a study of the movements of Icelandic Greylag Geese, which led him to being invited by WWT to try and catch Red-breasted Geese in Bulgaria.
05 Apr 2017
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.
REVISED EDITION- THE BOOK!
Birds of Caithness including the Breeding & Wintering Atlas 2007 – 2012
The ‘Birds of Caithness’ DVD was published in December 2015 by Caithness SOC. It is the distillation of over 200 years of observations documenting the fascinating birdlife of the county. The 458 page document is formatted to allow for viewing either as double-page spreads on the web or as high-resolution pdfs. To find out more about the publication, click here.
Caithness SOC are delighted to announce the publication of a revised edition of The ‘Birds of Caithness’, in book form! This hard-backed book is a 458pp and A4 in size, with dust jacket.
The atlas’ new format includes amended maps and revised texts and will be available by the end of January 2017. The provisional price of the book is £55 plus p&p. Payment is required by early January 2017.
Please order your copy before 23 December 2016, by emailing email@example.com
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.