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 (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area).


The following Mondays at 7.30pm:

02 Feb 2015        ”Peregrines, pesticides and politics:  Another triumph for birdwatchers”, with Jeremy Greenwood

Jeremy will be taking a look at how the 1961-2 BTO Peregrine survey came about, why it led to a series of surveys at decadal intervals, how it contributed to better control over agrochemicals (despite the fightback of the industry) and how that control allowed Peregrine populations to recover to levels not seen for over a hundred years. While threats from pesticides have lessened, Jeremy will tell us why we still need to be vigilant, in the face of new agrochemical threats, intransigent manufacturers and politicians who are no longer interested in basing policy on evidence. 

Jeremy joined the SOC in 1967, on being appointed as a lecturer in the University of Dundee, where he worked on bird ecology and snail genetics.  He served briefly as SOC President in 1987 but had to move to England to become Director of the BTO.  Two days after retirement in 2007, he returned to live in N E Fife.  He spends most of his time trying to write the history of the BTO but also works on statistical methodology.  He has two BBS squares at 900m in the Angus hills and participated in the 2014 Peregrine survey.


02 Mar 2015       Mark Holling – Rare Breeding Birds in the UK and North-East Scotland

13 Apr 2015        AGM & Ewan Weston – Terns on the Ythan



Hugh Addlesee
01330 820 949


Branch outings

No outings currently planned. Any updates will be posted here.


Hugh Addlesee (as above)


About the branch

Branch committee


Hugh Addlesee, 31 Ashtree Road, Banchory, AB31 5JB, Tel 01330 829949


John Wills


Graham Cooper

Committee member and Talks Programme Organiser:

Jenny Weston

Committee Members :

Brian Pirie, Eric Meek & Danny Heptinstall

Committee member & representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Alan Knox

North-East Scotland recorder:

Nick Littlewood


Useful information:

North-East Scotland branch Newsletter

A new development for the branch- keep abreast of the latest news, events and activities


Birdwatching in the area

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 the recent atlas, which covers Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.

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