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:
13 Jan 2015 ”A birding trip to Central Thailand”, Al McNee
This talk is based around a visit to central Thailand in 2012, concentrating on some highland species and the coastal birds of the Gulf of Thailand, including the primary goal of seeing the near-mythical Spoon-billed Sandpiper.
Al McNee has been birding for over 30 years, principally in Scotland. For several years he was the Highland Recorder and also has served as Chairman of SOC Highland Branch. This is one of a near-annual series of talks based on his travels abroad. When not birding overseas, he has been known to travel throughout mainland and island Scotland to boost his modest Scottish list!
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.
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.