Clyde

Clyde Branch

© Ian Fulton

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 johnclark@jcmc.demon.co.uk. 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

Venue:

Zoology Department, Graham Kerr Building, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area).

When:

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

Contact:

Ian Fulton

0141 773 4329

 

Branch outings

No outings planned.

Contact:

Bernie Zonfrillo

0141 557 0791

 

About the branch

Branch committee

Secretary:

Ian Fulton

Chairperson:

Vacant

Vice Chairperson:

Bernie Zonfrillo

Treasurer:

David Clugston

Representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Iain Gibson

Committee members:

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

Ex officio members:

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 val.wilson38@btinternet.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
A-guide-to-birdwatching-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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