North-East Scotland

North-East Scotland branch

King Eider © Nick Picozzi

King Eider © Nick Picozzi


Evening talks programme


Sportsman’s Club, 11 Queen’s Rd, Aberdeen, AB15 4YL (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area).


The following Mondays at 7.30pm:

02 Oct 2017     Emma Rawling – Scottish Wildcat Action

06 Nov 2017    Mike Daniels – Rewilding in Scotland: Are we ready?

04 Dec 2017   To be announced

08 Jan 2018     Mark Lewis – Birds of Sanday

05 Feb 2018    Norman Elkins – The Fife Bird Atlas

05 Mar 2018     Owen Selly – Sea Eagles in East Scotland

09 Apr 2018     AGM & Grampian Ringing Group local projects


John Wills
01467 651296


Branch outings

No outings currently planned. Any updates will be available on the SOC website.


John Wills (as above)


About the branch

Branch committee


John Wills , Bilbo, Monymusk, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 7HA. Tel 01467 651296

Chair and Talks Programme Organiser:

Jenny Weston


Paddy Grant

Committee member & representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Alan Knox

Committee Members :

Brian Pirie, Graham Cooper, Hugh Addlesee & Nick Littlewood

North-East Scotland recorder:

Nick Littlewood


North-East Scotland branch activities and communications

Talk 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:

North-East Scotland Branch Newsletter is published once or twice annually and emailed to branch members, as well as being made available to view below. The newsletter shares details of notable bird sightings and records in the region, research and survey developments and updates, branch news and activities and often includes contributions from the Grampian Ringing Group.

Click here to read back issues of the branch newsletter.

Social media:

Facebook: Type ‘ABZ Rare Birds’ in the search bar


Birdwatching in the area

Birding Guide to North-East ScotlandBirding Guide to North-East Scotland

North-East Scotland is often overlooked by birdwatchers. Yet just a very brief visit reveals an incredibly rich area for birds and even those living and working here may not know some of the more hidden sites. Over 150 species are known to nest, and regular winter and passage visitors and vagrants bring the total to 387. This detailed illustrated guide shows how to find birds and other wildlife at many sites and contains a full checklist of birds recorded. It is the most comprehensive guide yet published on where to see birds in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.

Production of the guide was supported by the local RSPB team, Aberdeenshire Council and via the SOC’s ‘Birds of Scotland Fund

To order your copy, please send a cheque for £10 per copy + £2.50 p+p made payable to ‘Aberdeen and District RSPB Group’, to M. Sullivan, 29 Earlswells Rd, Cults, Aberdeen AB15 9NY, along with the completed order form (download here)
or contact Mark at

Click here for our guide to Birdwatching the Ythan Estuary

Visit the RSPB’s Loch of Strathbeg nature reserve website


Bird recording in this area

Visit the North-East Scotland recording area page for details of the latest bird reports, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.


The Breeding Birds of North-East ScotlandBB-NEast

Click here to read about this atlas, which covers Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.

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