The Highland branch of the SOC covers a large geographical area of Scotland, with regular meetings and outings centred around Inverness.
Evening talks programme
Talks feature birdlife and other flora and fauna from almost anywhere in the world but, as we are fortunate to have a significant presence of wildlife and environmental organisations in the region, presentations on studies or projects involving birdlife in the Highland feature regularly. There is ample time at intervals to meet fellow members and discuss shared interests.
Culloden Library, Keppoch Road, Culloden, Inverness, IV2 7LL
The following Tuesdays at 7.30pm.
02 Sep 2014 “Upland birds: Ecology, conservation and how you can help”, with Ben Darvill
Scotland’s climate and land uses are changing. Come along and learn about how BTO is researching what impacts these changes are having on our upland birds now, and how they are forecasting future changes. Plus learn how your upland bird sightings can help to make a difference.
07 Oct 2014 Sarah Hoy – The effects of Goshawk colonisation on Tawny Owls in Kielder Forest
04 Nov 2014 Derek McGinn – Birds of Western Australia (CHANGE FROM ADVERTISED)
02 Dec 2014 Desmond Dugan – Abernethy National Nature Reserve: Who owns this land?
13 Jan 2015 Al McNee – A birding trip to Central Thailand
03 Feb 2015 Mark Newell – Seabird studies on the Isle of May: Spreading our wings after 40 years
03 Mar 2015 John Calladine – Breeding waders of the Uist machair: Land use and predators, past, present and future
14 Apr 2015 AGM & Sinclair Dunnett – What’s in a name? Some thoughts on European bird names
There are two outdoor trips per month over the branch outing season – a full day outing on a Saturday or Sunday and a Thursday morning outing. On our outdoor trips, the aim is not just to see the largest number of birds, but to find and watch and enjoy. We think the pleasure comes from birdwatching with like-minded people, learning identification skills, enjoying the splendid sights and taking delighted in the unexpected find. If this whets your appetite and you feel you would enjoy these field trips, then you’d be most welcome to come along!
- Details of the 2014 Winter outings will be available in due course
Kathy Bonniface, 01808 511740, or the leader.
9.00am (9.15am Thursdays) at Inverness Retail Park, near Burger King, unless otherwise stated.
About the branch
Kathy Bonniface , Alt Dubh, North End, Tomatin, IV13 7YP, Tel 01808 511740
Simon Cohen, David Galloway, Alastair McNee, Graeme Prest, Pete Gordon
Committee member, representative of the branch on SOC Council and Editor of Highland Bird News:
Outer Hebrides recorder:
Birdwatching in the area
Click here for our guide to Birdwatching in Easter Ross
Click here for our guide to Birdwatching the Longman outflow and Inverness area
Click here for our guide to Birding in North-west Scotland
Planning a trip to the Outer Hebrides? Click here for a list of recommended sites to visit
Click here for our guide to Birdwatching in Sutherland
Bird recording in this area
Visit the Highland recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.
Highland Bird News
The branch issues a quarterly newsletter, Highland Bird News, to members. Click on the links below to download current and back issues (PDF files).
Highland Bird Report Gazetteer
SOC Highland branch has produced a gazetteer, listing over 2000 site names referred to in the Highland Bird Report and their grid references. This can be downloaded from the Highland recording area page.