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 Thursdays at 7.30pm: 

03 Dec 2015 – “Breeding waders of the Uist machair: Land use and predators, past, present and future”, with  John Calladine

The west coast habitats of the Uists hold concentrations of breeding waders that are exceptional in Scottish, British and wider European contexts. Observed declines in wader populations on South Uist and Benbecula since the 1980s were argued to be largely due to predation of clutches by introduced hedgehogs. This argument, supported by evidence from the effects of their experimental removal, led to an ongoing programme of hedgehog removal. Concern remained however that breeding populations of some waders did not show the signs of recovery that might be expected in response to hedgehog control. This talk will present some of the findings of recent work investigating associations of changes in breeding wader densities with land uses and new work on the full suite of predators affecting machair waders. Future implications for conservation will be discussed. 

John has had a lifelong interest birds and natural history and has worked in ecological research and conservation for over 30 years. Currently based at Stirling University, John’s particular interests lie in the impacts of land uses on bird populations and distribution.

07 Jan 2016 –  Eilidh McNab – Bird ringing in Trinidad
04 Feb 2016 – Mike Thornton – Urban Raptors: The final frontier
03 Mar 2016 – Innes Sim – Ring Ouzel conservation


Neil Bielby

01786 823 830


Branch outings

Sat 5 December 2015
Gartmorn Dam Country Park and Nature Reserve with Staffan Roos of RSPB Scotland, for wildfowl

April 2016
Very early morning outing to Comrie in search of lekking Black Grouse (date tbc)


Neil Bielby (01786 823 830 or n.bielby@sky.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:

Philip May, 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.

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