Moray branch (Moray Bird Club)

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Sanderling © Margaret Sharpe

The newest branch of the SOC, formed in spring 2013! The full title of the branch is ‘Moray Bird Club – the Moray branch of the SOC’.

We hope that the branch provides an opportunity for those who share a common interest in birds to meet for regular social occasions. At our indoor meetings we usually have a speaker and the emphasis is on local birds and birding – with plenty of time to get to know those whose names we may recognise but faces we do not!

In addition to evening meetings between autumn and spring, we have regular outings through the year, and offer the opportunity for club members to get involved in some surveys of our local birds.  All are welcome to attend these activities, including non-members of the Club. If you are not yet an SOC member and are interested in finding out more information about joining, please email or visit our Find out more about membership page.

Evening meetings programme


Elgin Museum Hall, 1 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1EQ (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding location).


On the following Thursdays at 7.30pm:

12 Oct 2017    Simon Foster – Seabird studies on Canna

09 Nov 2017    Ian Perks – Abernethy Forest Reserve

14 Dec 2017    Innes Sim – Ring Ouzel conservation

11 Jan 2018     Raymond Duncan – Waxwings in NE Scotland and beyond

08 Feb 2018    Roo Campbell – Scottish Wildcat conservation

08 Mar 2018     AGM & Members’ Night


Martin Cook

01542 850296


Branch outings and activities:

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


Martin Cook

01542 850296


About the branch

Branch committee


Roy Dennis


Martin Cook, Rowanbrae, Clochan, Buckie, Banffshire AB56 5EQ. Tel 01542 850296

Treasurer and representative of the branch on SOC council:

Melvin Morrison

Committee members:

David Law, Alastair Young, Sheena Nicolson and Richard Somers Cocks

Moray & Nairn recorder:

Martin Cook


Moray branch activities and communications

Talk 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 email Branch Secretary, Martin Cook


Birds in Moray and Nairn is a comprehensive website operated by Martin. The site includes details of the latest sightings, forthcoming survey work (and how to get involved), branch meetings and outings, as well as giving users the option to view or print the latest and previous editions of the Moray & Nairn bird report – for free!

Beginners Birdwatching courses:

Organised by Martin, these courses run periodically. Please contact Martin (as above) for more info.


Bird recording in this area

Click here to visit the Moray & Nairn recording area page. A guide to different aspects of bird recording in the area can also be found at www.birdsinmorayandnairn.orgBB-NEast


The Breeding Birds of North-East Scotland

Click here to read about this atlas, which covers Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.

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