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:
02 Nov 2016
Peter Mawby – Dippers
The Dipper is a familiar bird of fast-flowing rivers and streams but it is in decline across its range. What are the reasons for this decline and can it be reversed? Peter presents the latest results from his 50-year study of the Dipper in the Yorkshire Dales.
Peter’s interest in ornithology was encouraged during his school days and he has been licensed to ring birds for over 50 years. Whilst still at school he was part of one of the first expeditions to visit SE Iceland to study the breeding distribution of the Great Skua. Subsequently he organised and led his own expeditions to the Shetland and Faroe Islands and was awarded a grant whilst an undergraduate at Cambridge University to extend his studies to Arctic Scandinavia. He is currently researching the environmental impact of changing patterns of agriculture on riparian birds of the Wester Dales.
07 Dec 2016
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
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.