Dumfries branch

Goosander © Edmund Fellowes

Goosander © Edmund Fellowes

Evening talks programme


Cumberland St Day Centre, Dumfries (off Brooms Rd Car Park), DG1 2JX (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area).

SOC Dumfries Branch – Northumberland Trip – April 2016

SOC Dumfries Branch – Northumberland Trip – April 2016


On the following Wednesdays at 7.30pm:

08 Feb 2017     
Ian Thomson – Shotguns & Short-toed Eagles: Birding on the island of Malta

Malta could be one of the Mediterranean’s best birding locations, but for many years has been notorious for the slaughter of thousands of migrating protected birds, both in spring and autumn. This talk looks at the island’s potential for birders, discusses the politics and the scale of the problem of illegal hunting and trapping, and tries to predict what the future may hold.

Originally from Aberdeen, Ian did an ecology degree at Edinburgh University before working in a variety of roles including as a barman, deer stalker & fish farmer to pay off his student overdraft. He then worked as a research officer, a countryside ranger and an RSPB information assistant before becoming warden at Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve, a post he held for almost 15 years. He left to work for RSPB as an Investigations Officer in 2006, and has been head of the Investigations team in Scotland since 2012.

Ian has been a birder for 35 years, is a keen, but average (in his words!) bird photographer, and a big fan of Aberdeen FC. 

08 Mar 2017      
Mark Newell – Seabird studies on the Isle of May: Spreading our wings after 40 years

12 Apr 2017
AGM & Sue Morris – The Great Trossachs Forest (Scotland’s newest Nature Reserve)


Pat Abery 01556 630483

Branch outings:

Tues 25th April – Friday 28th April 2017
Yorkshire Coast staying at Scarborough.



Pat Abery 01556 630483

About the branch

Look Out Tower – Holy Island, Branch outing to Northumberland April 2016

Look Out Tower – Holy Island, Branch outing to Northumberland April 2016

Branch committee


Pat Abery, East Daylesford, Colvend, Dalbeattie, DG5 4QA, Tel 01556 630483


Brian Smith


Christine Dudgeon

Committee members:

Drew Davidson, Edmund Fellowes, Kevin Findlater, Robin Thomson, Bobby Smith (ex officio)

Committee member and representative on SOC Council:

Lesley Creamer

Dumfries and Galloway recorder:

Paul Collin


Useful information:

Nearby branches of the SOC

Find out more about Stewartry branch Visit the West Galloway branch page

Birdwatching in Dumfriesbirdwatching-in-dumfries-and-galloway-4th-edition-guide

Click here for a guide of recommended sites to visit and to download a free, full-colour birdwatching guide produced by D&G Council Ranger Service. Or pick up your copy of the guide at evening meetings, for a suggested donation of 50p, while stocks last.

Bird recording in this area

Visit the Dumfries & Galloway 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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