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:
04 Oct 2016
Peter Slater – The how and why of bird song
Peter will outline what scientific research has told us about bird song. Why do birds use sound and how is it produced? What is song and why do birds sing? What do birds sing and how do they obtain their songs in the first place?
Peter Slater has been a member of the SOC for over 60 years, and was an assistant editor of Scottish Birds for two spells. He trained in Zoology at Edinburgh University and was a Lecturer in Biology at Sussex for 16 years before moving to St Andrews as Kennedy Professor of Natural History. He retired from that post in 2008 and has since moved to Orkney. Much of his more recent research has been on bird and mammal sound communication and he is author (with Clive Catchpole) of Bird Song, which has become the standard reference book on this subject.
01 Nov 2016
Peter Mawby – Dippers
06 Dec 2016
Hugh Insley & Jon Clarke – Stinky Priest Swallows Woosh: A ringer‘s year
10 Jan 2017
Al McNee – Tigers, Taj and more: A birding trip to Rajasthan
07 Feb 2017
Marianna Chimienti – How do I catch my fish? Multiscale foraging strategies in seabirds
07 Mar 2017
Bob Swann – 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 22 Sep 2016
Sun 9 Oct 2016
Tarbat Ness and area (Peter Stronach 01479 851272)
Thu 20 Oct 2016
Sat 5 Nov 2016
The Spey area (Alex Joss 01463 221661)
Thu 17 Nov 2016
Sun 11 Dec 2016
Round Inverness (Al McNee 01463 220493)
Thu 22 Dec 2016
Sat 14 Jan 2017
Black Isle area (Dave Galloway 01381 621126)
Thu 26 Jan 2017
Sun 12 Feb 2017
Strathconon and approaches (Carol Miller 07901 228737)
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.