Dumfries branch

Goosander © Edmund Fellowes

Goosander © Edmund Fellowes

Evening talks programme


Cumberland St Day Centre, Dumfries (off Brooms Rd Car Park), DG1 2JX


The following Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

10 Dec 2014         ”Joining the dots: Putting local wildlife on the map”, with Mark Pollit

Watching birds, and other wildlife, is a pleasure that all SOC members enjoy. Relatively few wildlife watchers write up their observations into valuable wildlife records, turning their pleasure into data, information and knowledge that can influence all parts of our society. The talk will explore the past, present and future of wildlife recording in the UK, how information wildlife information is , and isn’t, used and how DGERC, the local environmental records centre, helps to collate and share our local wildlife information.

Mark is the Manager of the Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Resources Centre (DGERC). 

14 Jan 2015        “‘Scottish birds’ in Mongolia”, with Richard & Barbara Mearns

A look at the surprising number of familiar ‘Scottish’ species that occur in Mongolia. The talk will also cover a range of Eastern Palearctic birds that breed in the mountains, wetlands and steppe grasslands of that wild and wonderful country. A little time will also be devoted to plants and mammals, and the traditional way of life of the indigenous people.

11 Feb 2015        Larry Griffin – The (less than) Common Scoter in Scotland

11 Mar 2015       Euan Ferguson  – Colour-ringing gulls in North-East Scotland

** 8 Apr 2015** (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE)        AGM & Peter Garson – Pheasants


Pat Abery

01556 630483

Branch outings

Sat 15 Nov                     Wildlife along the River Nith in Dumfries - walk led by Edmund Fellowes starting from the McMillan Cycle Bridge, Troqueer at 10am.

Sat 29 Nov                      Day trip to Waterston House, Aberlady.

Sat 28 Feb                      Loch Ryan


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:

Edmund Fellowes, Judith Mylne, Bobby Smith, Kevin Findlater, Drew Davidson

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.

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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