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:

01 Oct 2015 – AGM & ‘The Return of the Flowerpecker Zombies : Rediscovering extinct species’ with Glen Chilton

In The Return of the Flowerpecker Zombies, Dr. Chilton will describe his globe-trotting adventures while searching for birds that were formally declared extinct, but were subsequently rediscovered. Glen Chilton is an Emeritus Professor of Biology, dividing his time between primary research and university teaching. He is a specialist in ornithology and behavioural ecology, and is particularly interested in the song dialects of birds and conservation issues. Glen is the best-selling author of The Curse of the Labrador Duck and The Attack of the Killer Rhododendrons. He has just completed a book on species that were declared extinct before being rediscovered. Glen and his wife Lisa moved from Canada to Australia seven years ago. They are spending 2015 on a research sabbatical at the University of Glasgow.

05 Nov 2015 –  Iain Malzer – The factors affecting the status of the Bearded Reedling in the Tay Reedbeds, Scotland
03 Dec 2015 – John Calladine – Breeding waders of the Uist machair: Land use and predators, past, present and future
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

Details of upcoming outings will be added in due course.


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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