Clyde

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 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:

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

Contact:

Ian Fulton

0141 773 4329

 

Branch outings

None 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:

Vacant

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 val.wilson38@btinternet.com.

Weekly Summary 21 – 27 June 2015

Sunday 21 June
A female Mandarin Duck with six ducklings on River Leven at Alexandria.
A  Nuthatch from the visitor centre, Muirshiel Country Park.
A pair of Nuthatches with three fledged juveniles visiting a feeder in a private Lochwinnoch garden.

Sedge Warbler, Lang Stewart

Sedge Warbler, Lang Stewart

Monday 22 June
A Jay and two Stock Doves in a Blacader Drive, Gartloch Village garden.
Five drake Pochard on Hogganfield Loch.

Tuesday 23 June
No records, but some beautiful shots of adult Sedge Warblers with food for young.

Wednesday 24 June
An Osprey over Aird Meadow, RSPB Lochwinnoch, flying in the direction of Barcraigs Reservoir at 1230 hrs.
A female Mandarin Duck with six ducklings on River Leven at Alexandria.

Grasshopper Warbler, Gavin Baptie

Grasshopper Warbler, Gavin Baptie

Thursday 25 June
Two Little Ringed Plovers, A Green Sandpiper and four Ringed Plovers at Douglas Water Pool (Loudon Pond).
A Little Ringed Plover at Longhaugh Point field pools.
Two Ospreys fishing at Carron Valley Reservoir.
A “small race” Canada Goose moulting on Hogganfield Loch.

Friday 26 June
An Osprey fishing at Loch Thom.

Saturday 27 June
Unusually a female Smew on Frankfield Loch, also a drake Ruddy Duck.
Two Black-tailed Godwits in non-breeding plumage at Carbarns Pool, also a family party of five Ravens.
An Osprey high over Brisbane Glen (Ayrshire), flying NE into far distance at 1435 hrs.

 

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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