Fife branch


Velvet Scoter © John Anderson

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:    

10 Feb 2016 – ‘Birding in Europe: Steppes, forests, bogs and tundra’, with Bozena Summers

Birdwatching across Europe; from the steppes of Hungary and the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, through the ancient forests of Poland and bogs of Estonia, to the tundra of northern Norway. 

Bozena has a BSc in Zoology from Cardiff University and completed a PhD and worked as an ornithologist at the University of Cape Town. Since 1994 she has been living in Inverness and has worked for SNH, RSPB and similar organisations, in between running bird tours for ScotNature.

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


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.

* CHANGE OF DATE * Due to unforeseen circumstances the date of this branch outing has had to be changed to Sunday 21 February 2016

Kinneil (Paul Taylor, 01334 828925)

Sun 13 Mar 2016
Glen Quaich / Amulree (Rob Armstrong, 01334 850 962)

Sat 16 April 2016
Tentsmuir / Morton Lochs evening trip (Paul Taylor)

Sat 14 May 2016
Glen Lethnot (Dave Heeley, 01337 841160)


Caroline Gordon, tel: 01592 750230 or the leader

About the branch

Branch committee


Caroline Gordon, tel: 01592 750230

Chair and representative of branch on SOC Council:

Paul Taylor

Vice-chair and Treasurer:

Elizabeth Irwin

Committee members:

Rob Armstrong, Les Hatton, Elizabeth Adams, Howard Chapman, John Irwin

Fife recorder:

Malcolm Ware

Isle of May recorder:

Iain English

Useful information:

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.

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.

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