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
On the following Wednesdays at 7.30pm.
08 Oct 2014 “Ring Ouzel conservation”, with Innes Sim, RSPB Scotland
Until recently, the Ring Ouzel was one of the least-studied species in the UK, probably since it inhabits remote upland areas and is relatively wary of humans. In recent years, however, it has received a lot more attention from conservation scientists, leading to several publications which have increased our knowledge of the species ecology. This talk will discuss the conclusions of these studies, point out what we don’t yet know, and look ahead to what we might discover in the future.
12 Nov 2014 Neil Grubb – Outlands: Wild places of the Lothians
10 Dec 2014 Members’ Night
14 Jan 2015 John Anderson – The Falkland Islands
11 Feb 2015 Stan da Prato – Tibetan travels
11 Mar 2015 Peter Mawby – Dippers: A much loved bird at risk?
08 Apr 2015 AGM & Members’ Night
Alison Creamer, 01334 657188
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.
Sun 14 Sep Maid of the Forth (Les Hatton 01334 870988)
Our first outing of the new season is to look for Skuas and other sea birds on the Firth of Forth. We will be sailing on the “Maid of the Forth” from South Queensferry, leaving at 3.45 pm on Sunday 14th September and returning to South Queensferry at 5.15 pm. The cost per person is £12.00, £11.00 concession.
We wish to make a block booking in advance of the outing so if you do wish to go, please contact me by email or phone (01334 828925) before Friday 5th September.
Sat 18 Oct Angus Lochs (Bob McCurley 01382 462944)
Sat 15 Nov Rossie Bog (Norman Elkins 01334 654348)
Sun 14 Dec Loch Leven (Howard Chapman 01334 870768)
Sun 18 Jan Musselburgh (Paul Taylor 01334 828925)
13-16 Feb Islay weekend (David Heeley 01337 841160)
Sat 14 Mar Coast of Fife (Rob Armstrong 01334 838279)
24-27 Apr Speyside weekend (Rob Armstrong)
Sat 9 May Early morning warbler walk at Killiecrankie (David Heeley)
Sat 13 Jun Isle of May (Elizabeth Adams 01333 450267)
Paul Taylor 01334 828925 or the leader
About the branch
Alison Creamer, 52 Balgarvie Crescent, Cupar, Fife, KY15 4EG, Tel 01334 657188
Chair and representative of branch on SOC Council:
Rob Armstrong, Les Hatton, Elizabeth Adams , Howard Chapman
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!
The Fife Winter Atlas
Updating of the Fife Bird Atlas (published in 2003) is currently in progress, using data gathered for BirdAtlas 2007-11. Fieldwork for a winter tetrad atlas is ongoing and records from less well covered tetrads for winter are welcome, both past records from 2011/12 and also for the next winter of 2012/13. This will enhance the winter data of the previous atlas, which was gathered at a 5km square level. Although a repeat of the breeding atlas is not envisaged, further breeding records at tetrad level for the 2012 breeding season will also be welcome, again in the less well-covered areas (ie away from the usual hotspots). Breeding status codes should be added to all records, which should be submitted on the BirdTrack or BirdAtlas websites. Records in 10km squares NT29, NO30, NO40 and NO50 will be particularly welcome. Anyone wishing to target any of these tetrads should get in touch with Norman Elkins . Sufficient records will then be available to allow meaningful comparisons with the previous atlas. Already there have been worrying and major contractions in the distribution of some species such as Green Woodpecker, Lapwing and Grey Partridge.
The Fife Bird Atlas Fund
The Fife Bird Atlas was published in 2003 by the Fife Ornithological Atlas Group (FOAG). FOAG has now established The Fife Bird Atlas Fund, which can provide grants and loans to assist with non-professional projects involving surveying, monitoring, study, education and/or conservation.