Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) on the Clyde Estuary
The national WeBS is organised by the BTO, and in Scotland coordinated by the SOC. In the Clyde area we have had excellent coverage for many years, but recently there has been a marked decline due to a shortage of volunteer counters. The most important site urgently in need of new counters is the Clyde Estuary, which requires a team of at least 12 regular volunteers and several reserve counters. The Clyde Branch has been coordinating monthly bird counts of the estuary for the past 45 years, with a break only in 1978 due to shortage of volunteers in that year. Two of our current team of volunteers have been counting throughout that entire period! If you are interested in joining the team either as a regular or stand-in volunteer, please contact the Clyde area organiser, John Clark on firstname.lastname@example.org. John can provide helpful guidance on how best to survey individual sectors, and the count methodology. He can also arrange for you to shadow an existing counter to gain experience. We are also looking for additional volunteers to take on a number of freshwater sites. Adopting a regular patch can be an enjoyable and very rewarding experience, as well as making an important ‘citizen science’ contribution to the conservation of our local wild bird populations.
For more information on the Wetland Bird Survey see http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/webs.
The Clyde branch of the SOC holds a varied range of informal talks and presentations on a monthly basis from September – April. Meetings take place in the Graham Kerr Building at the University of Glasgow – students are always very welcome to attend!
Evening talks programme
Zoology Department, Graham Kerr Building, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area).
The following Mondays at 7.30pm:
03 Oct 2016
Ian Poxton – Merlins in the Lammermuir Hills 1984-2014: How birds and fieldworkers get by on heavily-keepered grouse moors!
“Our merlin study in the Lammermuir Hills began in 1984 and apart from 2001 (Foot and Mouth Disease year) continued until 2014. At the beginning of 2015 it came to an abrupt and unexpected end due to withdrawal of cooperation by some of the landowners and their gamekeepers as a result of a perceived criticism of some of their (illegal?) practices. The moorland management practices were becoming so intense and damaging to upland biodiversity, together with a continuing decline in breeding merlins, that we had no alternative but to end our study. The results of the 30-year project will be presented in a general manner, with just a little scientific treatment. The conclusions will present a bleak outlook for our uplands that are currently subjected to intense management for driven grouse shooting unless some major changes are made…”
Ian is Professor Emeritus of Microbial Infection and Immunity at University of Edinburgh. He has been an active amateur ornithologist/worldwide birder for over 40 years, as well as a a ringer and active member of the Lothian & Borders branch of the Scottish Raptor Study Group and Lothian Ringing Group, specialising in Merlins and more recently Hen Harriers. Ian previously carried out long-term study of Ring Ouzels in SE Scotland and currently helps out ringing seabirds on islands in Firth of Forth, together with general ringing of passerines.
07 Nov 2016
Jeremy Brock – Spanish Steppes: Birds of the Laguna de Gallocanta
05 Dec 2016
Rab Rae – The Jack Snipe saga
09 Jan 2017
Iain Gibson – Fifty years of Clyde ornithology
06 Feb 2017
Jim Cassels – Mapping Arran’s birds
06 Mar 2017
Ray Murray – Twenty years on: The SE Scotland Atlas
03 Apr 2017
AGM & speaker to be announced
0141 773 4329
No outings planned.
0141 557 0791
About the branch
Representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Liz Parsons, Toby Wilson, Alan Wood, Fiona Morton, Sandra Hutchinson, Iain Gibson and David Palmar
Ex officio members:
Clyde Assistant recorder:
Clyde Islands recorder:
Clyde SOC Grapevine
SOC branches communicate recent bird sightings to members by various means, and in Clyde this is through an email circulated daily to subscribing members. It also incorporates the Clyde Islands SOC Recording Area. We are pleased to provide weekly summaries here. Any SOC member wishing to receive the Clyde Grapevine on a daily basis should contact Assistant Clyde Recorder Val Wilson on email@example.com.
Minutes from the 2015 Clyde Branch AGM
Click here to download a copy of the minutes from the recent Clyde Branch AGM.
A Guide to Bird Watching in the Clyde Area
This publication is now sold out, however a reference copy is available in the George Waterston Library at SOC HQ.
Bird recording in this area