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 (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area).
The following Tuesdays at 7.30pm:
07 Mar 2017
Bob Swann – Red-breasted Geese in Bulgaria
The trials and tribulations of trying to catch Red-breasted Geese in Bulgaria and the subsequent fascinating results from this work.
Based in Tain, Ross-shire, Bob has been a member of the SOC since he was a school boy in Edinburgh. He has been a keen birder ever since and between 2007-11 was Scottish organiser of the Bird Atlas project. He is secretary of the Highland Ringing Group and has been involved in long-term studies of seabirds on Canna, raptors in Easter Ross and waders and wildfowl in the Moray Firth. This included a study of the movements of Icelandic Greylag Geese, which led him to being invited by WWT to try and catch Red-breasted Geese in Bulgaria.
11 Apr 2017
AGM & Brian Etheridge – An update on Hen Harriers
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.
Meet at 9.00am (9.15am Thursdays) at Inverness Retail Park, near Burger King. Weekend excursions are full day, Thursdays are usually mornings only. Please contact the trip leader for other meeting place options.
Thu 23 Feb 2017
Sat 11 Mar 2017
Burghead area (Peter Gordon 01479 821339)
Thu 23 Mar 2017
Sun 23 Apr 2017
Moray-Highland border, joint with SOC Moray branch
Thu 27 Apr 2017
26-29 May 2017
Possible long weekend to the Uists
Kathy Bonniface, 01808 511740, or the leader.
About the branch
Kathy Bonniface , Alt Dubh, North End, Tomatin, IV13 7YP, Tel 01808 511740
David Galloway, Alastair McNee, Carol Miller, Pete Gordon, Alex Joss and Peter Stronach
Representative of the branch on SOC Council and Editor of Highland Bird News:
Outer Hebrides recorder:
Highland Branch website – launched April 2016!
We’re pleased to announce details of the SOC Highland Branch website!
The website address is http://www.highlandbirds.scot/
The Latest Sightings page shows what has been seen recently in the area and will be regularly updated. The Gallery has pictures of past rarities. Take a look now and enjoy!
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.