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:
14 Sep 2016
Presentations from three St. Andrews University PhD students on their research projects: Sophie Edwards – Why do birds build different nests: Genes or environment?; Esme Quiros Guerrero – Song learning and duetting in tropical Wrens; and Chima Nwaogu – Life history trade-offs and the immune function in tropical birds
12 Oct 2016
Claire Smith – Auk ringing on the Shiant islands
09 Nov 2016
Chris Waltho – Specs in Chukotka
14 Dec 2016
11 Jan 2017
Will Cresswell – Migration: The big picture
08 Feb 2017
Amanda Trask – Choughs of Islay
08 Mar 2017
John Savory – The Carrifran Wildwood story and colonisation by woodland birds there
12 Apr 2017
AGM & Ray Murray – Twenty years on: The SE Scotland Atlas
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.
Sunday 19 June 2016
St. Abbs Head for seabirds and Eyemouth Harbour, hopefully for Roseate Terns (Paul Taylor, 01334 828925, email: PaulDTaylor43@aol.com)
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, Elizabeth Adams, Howard Chapman, John Irwin and Andrew Riches
Isle of May recorder:
Minutes from the 2016 Fife Branch AGM
Click here to download a copy of the minutes from the recent Fife Branch AGM.
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.
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.