North-East Scotland branch
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:
08 Feb 2016 – ‘A year in the life of a Forvie birder’ with Daryl Short
Forvie National Nature Reserve (NNR), the Ythan Estuary and its surrounding area must rank as one of the best mainland birding sites in Scotland. Its unique array of habitats, combined with its position on the east coast flyway, make it a magnet for a huge variety of species. From wintering waterfowl to summering seabirds, not to mention rare and exciting migrants during spring and autumn, it’s the patch that has everything. Daryl’s talk will take us on a whistlestop tour of both the ordinary and the extraordinary avian goings-on during a year in the life of a Forvie birder.
Daryl Short has lived and worked on the Aberdeenshire coast for nine years and counting. He is employed by SNH as the estate worker on Forvie NNR, and has a hand in managing its internationally-important ternery, among other far less glamorous tasks! More importantly, he’s a keen birder in his spare time, with a particular interest in migration, and loves nothing more than stomping round his local patch trying to find something that isn’t a Meadow Pipit.
07 Mar 2016 – Kenny Kortland – Pine Marten and Red Squirrel conservation and research
04 Apr 2016 – AGM & Ian Francis and Jenny Weston – RSPB international work from a local perspective: Egyptian Vultures and Turtle Doves
No outings currently planned. Any updates will be available on the SOC website.
John Wills (as above)
About the branch
John Wills , Bilbo, Monymusk, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 7HA. Tel 01467 651296
Chair and Talks Programme Organiser:
Committee member & representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Committee Members :
Brian Pirie, Eric Meek & Hugh Addlesee
North-East Scotland recorder:
North-East Scotland branch Newsletter
Keep abreast of the latest news, events and activities:
- Branch newsletter – September 2015
- Branch newsletter- September 2014
- Branch newsletter- September 2013
Birdwatching in the area
Birding 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’http://www.the-soc.org.uk/publications/publication-grants/
To order your copy, please send a cheque for £7.50 per copy + £2 p+p made payable to ‘Aberdeen and District RSPB Group’, to M. Sullivan, 29 Earlswells Rd, Cults, Aberdeen AB15 9NY
or contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for our guide to Birdwatching the Ythan Estuary
Visit the RSPB’s Loch of Strathbeg nature reserve website http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/lochofstrathbeg/about.aspx
North East Scotland Bird News
There is an electronic grapevine for people interested in rare birds in North-east Scotland: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ABZ-Rare-Birds/info for giving out and requesting information about rare and scarce birds in North-east Scotland (Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City). Postings are mainly details of rare and scarce bird sightings in the region, but will also include other information relevant to local keen birders, such as local conservation matters, forthcoming meetings, birding equipment for sale, requests for information, requests for help on birding or conservation matters. This is not a discussion forum and all postings have to be relevant to North-east Scotland. This is a restricted group simply to deny access to spammers. Everyone with a genuine interest in rare birds in North East Scotland is very welcome to join this group, and applications will be dealt with as swiftly as possible.
North East Scotland Rare Bird Text Alert (a.k.a. ABZ-Text) is a local low-cost subscription bird grapevine that anyone who lives in the area can join. It uses automatic text messaging to reach all its members to inform birders quickly about rare and scarce birds in North East Scotland (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire). It operates as a not-for-profit collective; all subscribers (including the organiser) pay the same amount (depending on the service they sign up for) and all subscribers are able to post news about rare birds. Visit http://www.abz-text.andywebb.org.uk/ more information about this site.
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.
Click here to read about the recent atlas, which covers Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.