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


The following Mondays at 7.30pm.

03 Nov 2014        “The whins, the Roden & the birdies”, with Drennan Watson

Drennan is a local land‐use expert with particular knowledge of the Cairngorms. He offered the following prelude to his talk:
“Sizeable areas of agricultural land are actually being abandoned or semi‐abandoned in the north‐east. What then happens?
Often, whins (gorse) invade these areas. This leads to a succession of events in which birds and the wind play key roles and the
result is new habitats, new woodlands of different kinds. But the process is not as simple as it seems at first. Something in the
behaviour of birds influences it profoundly. But what this behaviour is and what causes it are obscure. Can members of SOC
supply the answers?”.

01 Dec 2014        Chris McGuigan – Nightjar colonisation of Angus, and a local contribution by Alan Knox

05 Jan 2015         Ian Thomson – Raptor protection in Hungary

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

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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