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:
06 Feb 2017
Jim Cassels – Mapping Arran’s birds
The mapping of Arran’s birds for the first time was an ambitious project for the Arran Natural History Society. Jim’s talk describes the challenges, the collection of the data, the results and the production of the publication which was achieved through the combined efforts of a great many people who share a passion for Arran and its birds.
Over 36,000 records on 177 species resulted in a 168 page atlas with more than 400 maps and more than 200 photographs, with contributions from over 700 people.
Jim was brought up in Ayrshire and has a long connection with Arran in birding terms, from being a summer migrant, to a regular passage migrant, to a resident on retiring in 2005. On retirement, the previous bird recorder apparently saw coming, and Jim has found himself the bird recorder for the Arran Natural History Society ever since!
06 Mar 2017
Chris Waltho – Specs in Chukotka
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