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).


On the following Wednesdays at 7.30pm:

10 Feb 2016 – “The Birds of Bute”, Ron Forrester

Ron will be using photographs to illustrate his talk about the diverse avifauna to be found on the Isle of Bute; a wonderful place for birds throughout the year, with each changing season bringing a new dimension to the birdlife of the island. He will discuss distribution and the changing fortunes of many species over the years, with some decreasing in numbers, but others increasing.

Ron was lead editor of The Birds of Scotland (published 2007) and is Secretary of the Scottish Birds Records Committee’s Scottish List Subcommittee. He has lived on Bute for 24 years and was lead author of The Birds of Bute (published 2013). Ron has travelled extensively in search of birds, but has spent much time watching and photographing birds on the Isle of Bute.

09 Mar 2016 –  Mark Holling – Twenty years on: The SE Scotland Atlas
13 Apr 2016 –  AGM & Brian Morrell (WWT) – Incredible journeys


Pat Abery 01556 630483

Branch members recently enjoyed a wonderful trip to Lancashire, staying at Morecambe. We visited RSPB Hodbarrow, Leighton Moss and the Trough of Bowland.

Branch members recently enjoyed a wonderful trip to Lancashire, staying at Morecambe.

Branch outings:

Saturday 20th February 2016 – Loch Ryan outing

Tues 19 – 22 April 2016 – Northumberland staying at Warkworth


Pat Abery 01556 630483

About the branch

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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