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 email@example.com. 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 Mar 2017
Chris Waltho – Specs in Chukotka
In 2013 Chris spent four weeks studying Spectacled Eiders in Chukotka in Arctic Russia. His talk will focus upon the nesting characteristics of Spectacled Eiders but will also touch upon a wide range of tundra nesting waterbirds.
Chris is a former President of the SOC and past chairman of the Clyde Branch, serving in Club management roles for 22 years. He has been studying Eider (primarily in the Firth of Clyde) for over forty years, wrote the Common Eider account for the Birds of Scotland and has co-written the Poyser monograph on the Common Eider. He is a member of the Wetlands International/IUCN Duck Specialists Group and has spoken about his research at international conferences from Alaska to Iceland, Finland and Russia.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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