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: 

02 Feb 2017
Claire Smith – Auk ringing on the Shiant Islands

The Shiant Isles lie around five miles east of Harris, in the Hebrides. This tiny cluster of islands is one of the most important seabird breeding sites in Europe and is designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA). 

The Shiants are home to vast auk populations which were first formally surveyed in the late 1960s. Unfortunately the islands have also supported large numbers of rats which impact on these, as well as preventing colonisation by Storm Petrels and Manx Shearwaters.

The Shiants Auk ringing group has been ringing and monitoring the seabirds annually since 2006 and RSPB carried out a rat eradication in 2015. Claire’s talk will cover the work she undertook with the group last year and provide an update on the eradication.

Claire has worked for RSPB for 10 years on Capercaillie, managing the East Scotland Sea Eagle project and she is now Senior Conservation officer for Fife & Perthshire. Prior to working for RSPB, Claire worked on seabirds on Rum & Handa and for English Nature in SW England, as well as spending time in N Australia working on pheasant coucals. Claire has a particular interest in Raptors and Seabirds having spent time on the seabird group committee and she’s the current chair of Tayside Raptor Study Group.

02 Mar 2017     
John Savory – The Carrifran Wildwood story and colonisation by woodland birds there


Neil Bielby

01786 823 830


Branch outings

Sat 4 Feb 2017             
Linlithgow Loch and Blackness,  including duck and wader ID. A perfect introduction for beginners and a nice range of species for all abilities

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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