The Fife branch of the SOC is one steeped in history with our first meeting chaired by Miss Evelyn Baxter (one of the founding members of the SOC), although at that time it was known as the ‘St Andrews’ branch. Being based in a University town, we are always delighted to welcome students along to our talks or outings. Car sharing is possible if you do not have your own transport, please get in touch with us to arrange.
Evening talks programme
Supper Room of St Andrews Town Hall (at the corner of South Street & Queen’s Gardens), KY16 9TA (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area).
On the following Wednesdays at 7.30pm:
09 Sep 2015 – Presentations from two St. Andrews University PhD students on their research projects:
The new season of branch talk’s kicks off with our popular student slot when St Andrews University PhD students, Nora Carlson and David Pritchard will be telling us about their research projects. Nora’s talk is entitled: “A family divided by a common language: are information encoding strategies in tit mobbing calls driven by phylogeny?” and David’s, “Small scale navigation by wild hummingbirds”.
14 Oct 2015 – Graham Wren – Forty years of nest box monitoring
11 Nov 2015 – Edmund Fellowes – Wildlife at a weir: A look at birds and other wildlife on the River Nith in Dumfries
09 Dec 2015 – Members’ Night
13 Jan 2016 – Ian Thomson – Shotguns & Short-toed Eagles: Birding on the island of Malta
10 Feb 2016 – Bozena Summers – Birding in Europe: Steppes, forests, bogs and tundra
09 Mar 2016 – Mark Newell – Seabird studies on the Isle of May: Spreading our wings after 40 years
13 Apr 2016 – AGM & Members’ Night
Caroline Gordon, tel: 01592 750230
Field trips normally take place on the weekend following each indoor meeting. The normal pattern is to alternate between Saturday and Sunday outings, and between half-day and full day trips, to cater for members’ differing preferences and other commitments. Outings continue during May and June, when there are no indoor meetings, and there is usually a long weekend trip around the end of May. Beginner and experienced birdwatchers are welcome both at indoor meetings and on field trips.
Details of upcoming outings will be added in due course.
Caroline Gordon, tel: 01592 750230 or the leader
About the branch
Caroline Gordon, tel: 01592 750230
Chair and representative of branch on SOC Council:
Vice-chair and Treasurer:
Rob Armstrong, Les Hatton, Elizabeth Adams, Howard Chapman, John Irwin
Isle of May recorder:
Birdwatching in Fife
Planning a trip to the Isle of May? Read our guide to Birding the Isle of May here
Bird recording in this area
Visit the Fife recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.
Fife SOC funds Mallard nesting project
In a collaborative project, the Fife branch of the SOC has funded the construction and siting of 16 Mallard nesting tubes at various sites on the Eden estuary in Fife. Find out more here.
The Fife Branch newsletter
The branch produces four editions of our newsletter annually, which is emailed out to members and is available to download by clicking on the issues below (PDF format):
If you would like to join our newsletter mailing list, then please contact Paul Taylor. Articles, letter, reports and photographs (in jpeg or tiff format) for publication in the branch newsletter are always warmly welcomed!
New Fife Bird Atlas
The updating of the Fife Bird Atlas, which was published in 2003 using data gathered in the 1990s (and for which a CD is still available if anyone should want one), is nearing completion. Using data from Bird Atlas 2007-11 and additional data up to 2013, the maps are ready and the text almost complete. Although this new work was originally only planned as a winter atlas, maps for this season only being shown on a small scale in the previous atlas, sufficient data have been gathered to allow both seasons to be mapped on a tetrad grid. The new breeding status maps will allow comparison with those in the first atlas, thereby indicating changes that have occurred in the intervening 10-15 years. In addition, two other maps will be shown for most species where appropriate. These are maps of abundance and distribution in both winter and breeding season, using the timed counts that were part of the data gathering. These data were not available for the first atlas and throw new light on where birds are most abundant across the region. The book will not be a complete avifauna, but rather an atlas of wintering and breeding birds in Fife. At present, a publication date is not yet known but a pre-publication offer will be available. Any enquiries should be directed to Norman Elkins.