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: 

06 Oct 2016
AGM & Iain Malzer – The factors affecting the status of the Bearded Reedling in the Tay Reedbeds

Bearded Tits make exciting research subjects, through their evolutionary history to behaviour.  Iain will first explore some interesting adaptations in this species that are the result of its specialisation to reedbed habitats.   He’ll then look in detail at the ecology of this species on the Tay Reedbeds.  The birds arrived here in the 1990’s and the Tay is now the location of one of the most important populations on the British Isles.  Iain will make use of ringing data and radio tracking methods to provide insight into the space use of Bearded Tits on the Tay and how this changes in relation to reedbed management.

Iain completed his undergraduate at Glasgow University. He went on to study the space use of Bearded Tits on the Tay Reedbeds in eastern Scotland as a PhD project and is now working for the RSPB as the East Scotland reserves ecologist.

03 Nov 2016        
Ian Poxton – Merlins in the Lammermuir Hills 1984-2014: How birds and fieldworkers get by on heavily-keepered grouse moors!

01 Dec 2016
Amy Challis – Monitoring Scottish raptors

05 Jan 2017
Ray Murray – Twenty years on: The SE Scotland Atlas

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

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


Neil Bielby

01786 823 830


Branch outings

Sun 27 Nov 2016        
Kinneil and Skinflats for waders, wildfowl and gulls with BTO’s Ben Darvill. Meet at Asda in Grangemouth at 10am. Email ben.darvill@bto.org for further information and to confirm attendance

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

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