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:

12 Oct 2016         

Andy Howard – Give me a ‘High Five’: A detailed look at five specialist species found in the Cairngorms

Give me a ‘High Five’ features a myriad of images all taken in the magnificent Cairngorms. You will transported through each season and its diverse weather. The true stars of the show though are the cheeky and gregarious Crested Tits, the aggressive but handsome Black Grouse, the hardy Ptarmigan, the characterful Mountain Hare and the dainty Dotterel.  

Andy is a professional wildlife photographer and guide bases in Inverness; most of his time is spent in the Cairngorms, especially when photographing his beloved Mountain Hares and Ptarmigan. Bad weather doesn’t put Andy off and some of his most striking images have been captured in inclement conditions. Five years ago Andy made a conscious decision to specialise in a few select species and aims to work with these as ongoing projects, therefore capturing the subjects in all conditions during all four seasons.

09 Nov 2016        
Gordon Yates – Great Northern Diver: In search of Himbrimi

14 Dec 2016        
Colin Mitchell – Dunscore Bird Group

11 Jan 2017         
Richard Clarkson – Ravens

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

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:

Sat 26th November 2016
Loch Ryan

Sat 14th January 2017
Southerness Coast Walk led by Edmund Fellowes

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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