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
On the following Tuesdays at 7.30pm:
• 03 Dec 2013 Desmond Dugan – Boreal birds: Close encounter by a forest dweller
• 14 Jan 2014 Al McNee – A birding trip to Costa Rica
• 04 Feb 2014 Mark Hancock – Breeding Common Scoter in Scotland
• 04 Mar 2014 Rhian Evans – East Scotland Sea Eagles
• 15 Apr 2014 AGM & Bob McMillan – Hen Harriers on Skye: Problems of predation
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!
- Thu 21 Nov Local birding
- Sun 8 Dec Black Isle (leader to be announced)
- Thu 19 Dec Local birding
- Sat 18 Jan Local from Inverness (Al McNee 01463 220493)
- Thu 30 Jan Local birding
- Sun 9 Feb Burghead area (Peter Gordon 01750 725323)
- Thu 20 Feb Local birding
- Sat 8 Mar Dornoch – Loch Fleet area (Simon Cohen 01349 865531)
- Thu 20 Mar Local birding
- Sun 20 Apr North-west coast (Graeme Prest 01463 791575)
- Thu 1 May Local birding
- May Possible weekend trip, maybe to North Ronaldsay
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.