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:

07 Nov 2016        
Nick Littlewood – NE Scotland Mammal Atlas

Mammals hold universal appeal among naturalists and the the wider public alike. Some species are conspicuous and easy to identify and provide a perfect route for a wide range of folk to engage in biological recording. Others are more secretive and provide real challenges for recording. Between 2012 and 2015, the North-East Scotland Biological Records Centre (NESBReC) made a dedicated drive to encourage and promote mammal recording. Through citizen science projects and liaison with existing recording schemes and dataset holders, around 75,000 individual mammal records have been amassed and used to compile the Mammal Atlas of North-East Scotland and the Cairngorms. This, the first mammal atlas for our region, will be published early in 2017. Nick will present an overview of the atlas, discuss challenges and successes of the project and give a sneak preview of some of the species distribution maps.

Nick Littlewood is a freelance Ecologist. Some may know him best as the North-east Scotland Bird Recorder, but he has a wide-ranging interest in biodiversity and is lead Editor of the Mammal Atlas of North-East Scotland and the Cairngorms.

05 Dec 2016       
Catriona Reid – Muir of Dinnet

09 Jan 2017         
Martin Cook – 100 years of Moray birding

06 Feb 2017        
Stuart Benn – 50 years of a Slav: The changing fortunes of Slavonian Grebes in Scotland and beyond

06 Mar 2017
Hywel Maggs & Allan Perkins – Cranes and Corn Buntings in the North East

03 Apr 2017
AGM & Graham Rebecca – Hen Harriers in NE Scotland


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, Eric Meek & Hugh Addlesee

North-East Scotland recorder:

Nick Littlewood


Useful information:

North-East Scotland branch Newsletter

Keep abreast of the latest news, events and activities:


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

North East Scotland Bird News

There is an electronic grapevine for people interested in rare birds in North-east Scotland: 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 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.

The Breeding Birds of North-East ScotlandBB-NEast

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

Young Birders CTA

Download the young Birder Application form - Word Doc
Download the training course application form - PDF
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