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: 

04 Feb 2016 –  ‘Urban Raptors: The final frontier’, with Mike Thornton

Mike will talk about the population recovery of Birds of Prey in the UK and their colonisation of urban environments. The opportunities and constraints for breeding birds of prey in urban environments will be discussed and a number of case studies in Scotland will be examined. 

Mike has been a keen ornithologist since he was 14 years old. He graduated from Aberdeen University with Zoology (Animal Ecology – Hons), completing his Hons thesis on the brood habitat and diet of the Capercaillie at Abernethy Forest. Mike has worked as a seasonal warden on the Farne Islands (National Trust); Rahoy Hills (SWT); Handa Island (SWT) and Loch Garten (Operation Osprey RSPB). He also worked for RSPB’s Conservation Science department on national capercaillie census, golden eagle surveys and lowland breeding wader surveys. Mike pioneered the Edinburgh Hawkwatch project and has been monitoring the breeding success of Sparrowhawks in Edinburgh since 2009. His current role is working for SNH as Operations Officer in protected sites management.

03 Mar 2016 – Innes Sim – ‘Ring Ouzel Conservation’


Neil Bielby

01786 823 830


Branch outings

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.

Young Birders CTA

Download the young Birder Application form - Word Doc
Download the training course application form - PDF
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