Highland branch

Slavonian Grebe © Keith Barnes

Slavonian Grebe © Keith Barnes

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:

05 Sep 2017    Kenna Chisholm – The work of the RSPB in the Highlands

03 Oct 2017     Ben Darvill – Technology, tags and tracks

07 Nov 2017    Irena Tomankova – Curlews in crisis

05 Dec 2017   Ronan Dugan – An eagle odyssey: Stories from my adventures with Golden Eagles across Scotland and in the USA

09 Jan 2018     Ron Summers – The history of Abernethy

06 Feb 2018   Kat Keogan – Timing of breeding of seabirds in a changing climate: From a local to a global perspective

06 Mar 2018     *Change to advertised subject* Alison Beresford – Where be dragons? Helping to fill in the gaps in global species distributions

10 Apr 2018     AGM & Members’ Night – David & Kathy Bonniface: Our Chilean adventure; and Carol James: Travels in Madagascar


Kathy Bonniface

01808 511740


Branch outings

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:

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.

That’s it for this season’s outings! Details of next season’s programme will be added shortly.


Kathy Bonniface, 01808 511740, or the leader.


About the branch

Branch committee


Kathy Bonniface , Alt Dubh, North End, Tomatin, IV13 7YP, Tel 01808 511740


David Bain


Lynda Graham

Committee members:

David Galloway, Alastair McNee, Carol Miller, Pete Gordon, Alex Joss, Susan Seright and Peter Stronach

Representative of the branch on SOC Council and Editor of Highland Bird News:

David Bain

Highland recorder:

Peter Stronach

Outer Hebrides recorder:

Yvonne Benting


Highland Branch activities and communications

Talks reminders:

Members are emailed a reminder about forthcoming talks with more information on the speaker and subject where possible, usually a week or so in advance of the meeting. If you don’t already receive these alerts and would like to, please contact us.

Branch grapevine:

An email sightings service, contact Al McNee ajmcnee@care4free.net to be added to the mailing list.

Branch website:

Highland Birds http://www.highlandbirds.scot/ is a website run by and for members of the Highland branch, as well as visitors to the region. The site details all the latest bird sightings, as well as giving information on where to go birding. There is a recording page showing how to submit your records, as well as agallery of previous rareities and information on how to to purchase the Highland Bird Report.

Highland Birds website - resized for page


Birdwatching in the area

The Highland Branch website, Highland Birds, should be your first port of call for information on where to birdwatch across the Highland region.

Planning a trip to the Outer Hebrides? Click here for a list of recommended sites to visit


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).

Issue 125 – Aug 2015

Issue 124 – Jan 2015

Issue 123 – Aug 2014

Issue 122 – Mar 2014

Issue 121 – Aug 2013

Issue 120 – Apr 2013

Issue 119 – Jan 2013

Issue 118 – Aug 2012

Issue 117 – Mar 2012

Issue 116 – Aug 2011

Issue 115 – Mar 2011

Issue 114 – Dec 2009

Issue 113 – Oct 2009

Issue 112 – Apr 2009

Issue 111 – Dec 2008

Issue 110 – Sep 2008

Issue 109 – Feb 2008

Issue 108 – Nov 2007

Issue 107 – Sep 2007

Issue 106 – Apr 2007

Issue 105 – Feb 2007

Issue 104 – Dec 2006

Issue 103 – Oct 2006




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.

Young Birders CTA

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