Fife branch


Velvet Scoter © John Anderson

Fife branch is steeped in history with our first meeting chaired by Evelyn Baxter, one of the founding members of the SOC. At that time we were known as the St Andrews branch. Being based in a University town we are always delighted to welcome students along to our talks/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:    

13 Sep 2017    Presentations from St Andrews University PhD students on their research projects (see website for        further details)

11 Oct 2017     Peadar O’Connell – RSPB’s seabird conservation work: Tackling national and international challenges

08 Nov 2017    Ben Darvill – The raptor-monitoring season through the lens

06 Dec 2017    Members’ Night

10 Jan 2018     Christian Rutz – Tool-use behaviour in New Caledonian and Hawaiian crows

14 Feb 2017    Ian Poxton – Merlins in the Lammermuir Hills 1984-2014: How birds and fieldworkers get by on heavily-keepered grouse moors!

14 Mar 2018     Ian Perks – Abernethy: Restoring the lost forest

11 Apr 2018     AGM & Members’ Night


Caroline Gordon, tel: 01592 750230


Branch outings

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.

Aberlady for autumn migrants, Curlew Sandpiper and waders (Paul Taylor 01334 828925)


Caroline Gordon, tel: 01592 750230 or the leader

About the branch

Branch committee


Caroline Gordon, tel: 01592 750230


Elizabeth Irwin


John Irwin

Representative of branch on SOC Council:

Paul Taylor

Committee members:

Rob Armstrong, Elizabeth Adams, Andrew Riches, Paul Taylor and Norman Elkins

Fife recorder:

Malcolm Ware

Isle of May recorder:

Iain English

Fife branch activities and communications

Talks reminders:

Members are emailed a reminder about forthcoming talks with more information on the speaker and subject where possible, usually a week or so in advance of the meeting. If you don’t already receive these alerts and would like to, please contact us.

Branch newsletter:

Fife Branch Newsletter comes out four times a year and features details of branch activities, field trip reports, letters, photographs, sightings and other interesting articles. Subscribers are emailed a PDF version of the newsletter and the latest issue of the publication is also available to download here (April 2017 issue). Back issues of the newsletter can be downloaded here.  To either contribute or subscribe and receive Fife Branch Newsletter directly to your inbox, please email Elizabeth Irwin.

Minutes from the 2017 Fife Branch AGM

Click here to download a copy of the minutes from the recent Fife Branch AGM.


Birdwatching in Fife

Click here for our guide to Birdwatching in Fife and here for our guide to Birdwatching the Fife coast.

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 Breeding and Wintering Birds of Fife

Fife Atlas coverNorman Elkins, Jim Reid and Allan W. Brown

Published by the Fife Ornithological Atlas Group and the SOC, in August 2016.

This large format, hardback book brings up to date an earlier publication published in 2003, the Fife Bird Atlas.  Click here to find out more and for details of how to purchase a copy.

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