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).
The following Wednesdays at 7.30pm:
11 Feb 2015 “The (less than) Common Scoter in Scotland”, with Larry Griffin, Researcher, WWT Caerlaverock, Dumfries
The Common Scoter has probably bred in low numbers in Scotland for the last two centuries at least. Recent surveys suggest its distribution and abundance may have declined at key sites. Evidence is presented on what the presence of scoters at a site might actually mean in terms of breeding attempts and what the initial indications are as to the fate of breeding attempts at key hydro-loch sites in the Highlands. Implications for possible site management to improve the situation for scoter will be discussed.
Larry completed a PhD at Durham University studying Rook distribution and abundance, then after some short term contracts with RSPB, has been working as a researcher at WWT Caerlaverock in Dumfries for nearly 15 years. Larry initially concentrated on the conservation of the Svalbard barnacle geese and Natterjack toads for which the reserve is well known. More latterly his work programme has expanded into other goose – such as Greenland white-fronts and Taiga Beans, swan – such as Bewick’s, and duck species research – such as the Scoters, relying increasingly on cutting edge GPS tagging and data logger technology.
11 Mar 2015 ”Colonisation by woodland birds at Carrifran Wildwood in the Moffat Hills”, with John Savory
John’s talk will describe the history of the Borders Forest Trust, its acquisition of the Carrifran Valley (and other properties) in the Moffat Hills, the native woodland restoration planting programme there since 2000, and the regular bird surveys that have been conducted there and at an adjacent unplanted valley since 1998. John will describe the unique opportunity this has provided for measuring the effect of rewilding of an upland woodland habitat on the local avifauna.
After graduating in Zoology (BSc) at Aberdeen University in 1967, John did PhD research at Banchory on the feeding ecology of red grouse. He then did 25 years as a poultry scientist at the Roslin Institute, and then poultry behaviour and welfare research and teaching at the Scottish Agricultural College for 6 years before retiring in 2003. Since then John has been a weekly volunteer at the Borders Forest Trust’s Carrifran Wildwood project in the Moffat Hills, where he is also the biological recorder on its Steering Group. John is also on the SOC Library Committee and helps maintain and organise the libraries’ archives.
** 8 Apr 2015** (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE) AGM & Peter Garson – Pheasants
Saturday 28 Feb 2015 Loch Ryan
Tuesday 21– Friday 24 April 2015 Lancashire
About the branch
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Bird recording in this area
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