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 Dec 2014 ”Tales from the Taiga”, with Desmond Dugan (*NOTE – Change from advertised title*)
Desmond and his son Ronan spent three weeks living in a Pinega strict natural forest reserve, 200 km east of Archangel. They travelled into the reserve by snow-mobile before the spring breakup and lived in old foresters cabins. They assisted the reserve biologist in monitoring caper and black grouse leks and trapping hazel grouse for a telemetry project. Desmond will give an illustrated talk about this ultimate father and son adventure.
Desmond is currently a site manager at RSPB’s Abernethy reserve in the Cairngorms and is no stranger to living and working in forests. Before joining RSPB in 1988. Desmond worked for many years as a forest Ranger with the Forestry Commission in Argyll. Desmond has a passion for wildlife and wild places and is also a keen photographer.
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.
Meet at 9.00am (9.15am Thursdays) at Inverness Retail Park, near Burger King. Weekend excursions are full day, Thursdays are usually mornings only.
Sun 7 Dec Black Isle (David Galloway 01381 621126)
Thu 18 Dec Local Birding (Lynda Graham)
Sat 17 Jan Inverness East or West (Al McNee 01463 220493)
Thu 29 Jan Local Birding (Lynda Graham)
Sun 8 Feb Burghead area and Moray coast (Simon Cohen 01349 865531)
Thu 19 Feb Local Birding (Lynda Graham)
Sat 7 Mar Strathdearn & Strathnairn (Alex Joss 01463 221661)
Thu 19 Mar Local Birding (Lynda Graham)
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.