Central Scotland

Central Scotland branch



Evening talks programme

Meetings talk place in Bridge of Allan, on the doorstep of the University of Stirling and students are always very welcome to attend!


The Allan Centre, Fountain Road, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4AT (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area).


On the following dates at 7.30pm: 


Instead on Friday 3rd March 2017, Darren Rees will be giving a talk on “Ice Bound” at Smith Museum & Art Gallery, Stirling (FREE)

Award-winning artist Darren Rees received the coveted Artist in Residency honour from the Friends of The Scott Polar Research Institute in 2015. From February 26th to March 30th he travelled with the Royal Navy on HMS Protector from the Falkland Islands to the Antarctic Peninsula. His book Ice Bound (Mascot Media) documents his journey in the far south with a collection of over 150 sketches, watercolour and acrylic paintings executed in situ. Darren’s illustrated talk tells us more of his methods, encounters and experiences in the far south.

Born in Hampshire in 1961, Darren studied Mathematics at Southampton University teaching the subject for a short time before pursuing painting full time.  As an artist he is self-taught. For over thirty years his highly original work has attracted an array of awards including BirdWatch Artist of the Year, Natural World Fine Art Award, RSPB Fine Art Award, and BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year. His first solo book Bird Impressions was a runner up in the Natural History Book of the Year Award.  He has travelled far and wide as an artist and naturalist guide for Speyside Wildlife, taking groups to diverse destinations: from the Arctic to the Amazon. He serves on the council of the Society of Wildlife Artists in London and he has been a contributing artist to the Artists for Nature Foundation/WWF projects in Holland, Poland, Peru and Ecuador.

We hope to reschedule John’s talk on “The Carrifran Wildwood story and colonisation by woodland birds there”, for next year.


Neil Bielby

01786 823 830


Branch outings

Sat 6 May 2017
Dollar Glen with NTS Ranger Callum McNeill-Ritchie. Come and explore the hidden delights of Dollar Glen with woodland birds singing and plants coming to life


Eilidh McNab (Tel: 07738851560 or email eilidh.mcnab@gmail.com)


About the branch

Branch committee

Secretary and Treasurer

Neil Bielby, 56 Ochiltree, Dunblane, FK15 0DF, 01786 823 830

Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Roger Gooch, 01259 742326


John Crook

Committee member:

Ken Wilkinson, Eilidh McNab

Upper Forth recorder:

Chris Pendlebury


Useful information:

Birdwatching in the area

Click here for a guide to Birdwatching the Upper Forth

Local social media sites

Facebook: www.facebook.com/UpperForthBirds
Twitter: @UpperForthBirds

The Birds of Clackmannanshire

For the first time ever, the birdlife of Clackmannanshire has been systematically recorded to produce an ornithological atlas for the County. Click here to read more about it.

Bird recording

Visit the Upper Forth recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.

Young Birders CTA

Download the young Birder Application form - Word Doc
Download the training course application form - PDF
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