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
01786 823 830
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 email@example.com)
About the branch
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
Ken Wilkinson, Eilidh McNab
Upper Forth recorder:
Birdwatching in the area
Click here for a guide to Birdwatching the Upper Forth
Local social media sites
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.
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.