Clyde Branch

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Taiga Bean Geese © Ian Fulton


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 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


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:

Details of next season’s branch programme will be added in due course. 


Ian Fulton

0141 773 4329


Branch outings

None planned.


Bernie Zonfrillo

0141 557 0791


About the branch

Branch committee


Ian Fulton



Vice Chairperson:

Bernie Zonfrillo


David Clugston

Representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Iain Gibson

Committee members:

Liz Parsons, Toby Wilson, Alan Wood, Fiona Morton, Sandra Hutchinson and David Palmar

Ex officio members:

Iain Gibson and Val Wilson

Clyde recorder:

Iain Gibson

Clyde Assistant recorder:

Val Wilson

Clyde Islands recorder:

Bernie Zonfrillo

Argyll recorder:

Jim Dickson


Useful information

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

Weekly Summary 19 – 24 July 2015

Sunday 19 July
A Green Sandpiper at Carbarns Pool.
12 Greenshank at Finlaystone Point.
30 Common Terns at Bowling.
A juvenile Mandarin Duck at the River Leven at Balloch.
An Osprey fishing at Carron Valley Reservoir.
A Nuthatch again on feeders at the Visitor Centre, Muirshiel Country Park.

Jay by Gordon Jamieson

Jay, Gordon Jamieson

Monday 20 July
An Osprey flying down the River Calder in the direction of Castle Semple Loch at 0740 hrs.
Two drake Mandarin Ducks in eclipse and a female with five almost fully grown ducklings on the River Leven at Balloch.
Three Jays (adult with two juveniles) at feeders in a Mugdock village garden, also four Stock Doves.
Two Stock Doves in a Hillfoot Drive, Bearden garden.

Tuesday 21 July
A juvenile Cuckoo showing well in front of  RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Centre.
Now six Jays at the bird table in a Mugdock village garden.

Wednesday 22 July
Three Green Sandpipers at RSPB Baron’s Haugh.
A Tree Sparrow at the entrance to New Lanark and three Crossbills at Corehouse Estate.

Thursday 23 July
An Osprey fishing  on River Clyde opposite Abington sevices.

1st-summer Mediterranean Gull, Davie Abraham

1st-summer Mediterranean Gull, Davie Abraham

Friday 24 July
A Little Egret showing well in the channel front of RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Centre in the afternoon before flying off in the direction of Barr Loch, also a Shoveler.
An Osprey fishing again at Loch Thom and Gryfe Reservoirs.Saturday 25 July
A 1st-summer Mediterranean Gull at Carbarns Pool in the morning, also four Ravens on a pylon.
The Osprey still at Gryfe Reservoirs in the morning.
Five Tree Sparrows at Blackstone Mains Farm and ten at Blackstoun Farm
A Nuthatch at Cathkin Braes.


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

Visit the Clyde recording area and the Clyde Islands recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.


Other information

Clyde Bird Report Highlights 2004

Clyde – bird species list 1999

Clyde – bird species list 1998

Clyde – review of the year 1999

Clyde – review of the year 1998

Clyde Bird News No. 1 (Dec 2001)

Clyde Eider Newsletter No. 1 (Aug 2001)

Clyde Eider Newsletter No. 2 (Jan 2002)

Clyde Eider Newsletter No. 3 (Aug 2002)

Clyde Eider Newsletter No. 4 (Aug 2003)

Clyde Eider Newsletter No. 5 (Aug 2004)

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