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:

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

Gordon tells us more about his three visits to Iceland to find and film Himbrimi (the Icelandic name for the Great Northern Diver) and the birds, flowers and spectacular scenery there.

In 1972 Gordon started making wildlife films and every year since he’s managed to produce a one hour film. His films cover his local patch the Pennines as well as Islay, a place very dear to his heart. Overseas destinations include the Seychelles, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska and Spitzbergen. He loves the high Arctic and even his life and death encounter with a Polar Bear while camping in Spitzbergen in 1997 has not put him off wanting to go again!

Gordon was delighted to be made an Honorary Life member of three local wildlife groups in acknowledgement for his contribution to Wildlife Conservation through his films. He has won several awards in still photography competitions with BBC, RSPB, Scottish Wildlife and SOC using his old Pentax equipment. He is now the proud owner of a Canon EOS 7D digital still camera and a Canon XM2 digital camcorder.

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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