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:

11 Sep 2017    Daniel Brown (RSPB) – Conserving waders in the Upper Clyde

02 Oct 2017     Dan Brown – Great British birding experiences

06 Nov 2017    Ben Darvill – Technology, tags and tracks

04 Dec 2017    Mark Mitchell – RSPB Baron’s Haugh: An urban wildlife oasis

08 Jan 2018     Jimmy Maxwell, Lang Stewart & John Watson – Trinidad and Tobago

05 Feb 2018    Mark Holling – Twenty years on: The SE Scotland Atlas

05 Mar  2018   Bob McGowan – A moving experience: The installation of the NMS bird collections in a new building at Granton, Edinburgh

02 Apr 2018     AGM & speaker to be announced


Ian Fulton

0141 773 4329


Branch outings

No outings planned.


Bernie Zonfrillo

0141 557 0791


About the branch

Branch committee


Ian Fulton


Vacant (nominations welcome)

Vice Chairperson:

Bernie Zonfrillo


David Clugston (position vacant- nominations welcome)

Representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Iain Gibson

Committee members:

Liz Parsons, Toby Wilson, Sandra Hutchinson, David Palmar, Iain Gibson, Sandy McNeil and Fiona McLean

Ex officio members:

Val Wilson

Clyde recorder:

Iain Gibson

Clyde Assistant recorder:

Val Wilson

Clyde Islands recorder:

Bernie Zonfrillo

Argyll recorder:

Jim Dickson


Clyde Branch activities and communications

Branch grapevine:

To subscribe to Clyde branch’s (member-only) daily Grapevine email, contact As well as sharing notable bird sightings from across the region, Grapevine incorporates images of birds and other wildlife, shares details of forthcoming branch meetings and also alerts members to national and local environmental notices and potential developments that might threaten a site.

Social media:

Facebook: Type ‘Clydebirds’ in the Facebook search bar


Minutes from the 2016 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.




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