Caithness

Caithness branch

Lapwing © David Devenport

Lapwing © David Devonport

 

Evening talks programme

Venue:

Castlehill Heritage Centre, Harbour Road, Castletown, Caithness, KW14 8TG (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area).

 

When:

On the following Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm:

08 Feb 2017        
Marianna Chimienti – How do I catch my fish? Multiscale foraging strategies in seabirds

08 Mar 2017       
Bob Swann – Red-breasted Geese in Bulgaria

05 Apr 2017
AGM & Members’ Night

Angus McBay

01847 894663

 

Branch outings

No outings currently planned. Any updates will be available on the SOC website.

Contact:

Angus McBay

01847 894663

 

About the branch

Branch committee

Secretary:

Angus McBay  Schoolhouse, Weydale, Thurso, KY14 8YJ, Tel 01847 894663

Chair:

Julian Smith

Treasurer:

Heather Byrne

Caithness recorder:

Sinclair Manson

 

Useful information:

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-birds-of-caithness-thumbnailREVISED 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 birdsofcaithness@gmail.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.

Find the branch on Facebook and Twitter!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caithness-Birds/267550040061648
Twitter: @CaithnessBirds

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

lochofmey-hide

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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