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:
07 Nov 2016
Jeremy Brock – Spanish Steppes: Birds of the Laguna de Gallocanta
Laguna de Gallocanta is Europe’s largest salt lake, 1000m above sea level and is a Special Protection Area as well as a crucial stopover site for Common Cranes in Spain. Jeremy’s talk will describe the birds of the lake and the surrounding habitats (farmland, steppe, hills), address conservation issues and give advice on how and when to visit.
Originally from London and now living in Gatehouse of Fleet, Jeremy is a graduate and Doctor of Science from Cambridge University. He has been birdwatching for over 60 years and co-authored the first ‘Where to Watch Birds in Britain and Europe’, with the late John Gooders. Jeremy is on the Committee of the Club’s Stewartry branch. He has birdwatched regularly in Spain since mid-70s.
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
To be announced
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