Caithness

Caithness branch

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Evening talks programme

Venue:

Castlehill Heritage Centre, Harbour Road, Castletown, Caithness, KW14 8TG

When:

On the following Wednesdays at 7.30pm:

06 Sep 2017    Nina O’Hanlon – The diet and movement of Herring Gulls in SW Scotland

04 Oct 2017     Ben Darvill – Technology, tags and tracks

08 Nov 2017    Irena Tomankova – Curlews in crisis

06 Dec 2017    Quiz and mince pies

07 Feb 2018    Kat Keogan – Timing of breeding of seabirds in a changing climate: From a local to a global perspective

07 Mar 2017    *Change to advertised subject* Alison Beresford – Where be dragons? Helping to fill in the gaps in global species distributions

04 Apr 2017     AGM

Contact:

Angus McBay

01847 894663

 

About the branch

Branch committee

Secretary:

Angus McBay  Schoolhouse, Weydale, Thurso, KW14 8YJ, Tel 01847 894663

Chair:

Julian Smith

Treasurer:

Eric Maughan

Caithness recorder:

Sinclair Manson

 

Caithness branch activities and communications

Talks reminders:

Members are emailed a reminder about forthcoming talks with more information on the speaker and subject where possible, usually a week or so in advance of the meeting. If you don’t already receive these alerts and would like to, please contact us.

Social media:

Facebook: Type ‘Caithness Birds’ in the search bar

Twitter: www.twitter.com/caithnessbirds

 

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.

 

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Birds of Caithness including the Breeding & Wintering Atlas 2007 – 2012

REVISED EDITION- THE BOOK!

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 were then 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. Unfortunately this is now sold out however watch this space for more info coming soon!

Recent sightings

Recent Caithness sightings can be also be found at:  http://www.stjohnspool-birds.co.uk/

 

Thurso Aviary

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:
Lottery £1656
Rotary £100
CWS £450
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

Mary Legg

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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.

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