Moray branch (Moray Bird Club)

© Margaret Sharpe

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 will provide an opportunity for those who share a common interest in birds to meet for a regular social occasion. We shall usually have a speaker and the emphasis will be 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 shall have some outings, and we plan to 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:

Details of next season’s talks will be added shortly.


Martin Cook

01542 850296


Branch outings and activities:

Sat 15 Apr 2017
Loch na Bo dawn chorus walk. Meet in the car park at the main house at 5.00am

Sun 23 Apr 2017
Moray-Highland border, joint with SOC Highland branch

Sat 17 Jun 2017
Highland estate for raptors and other moorland birds. Car sharing to be arranged


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


Useful information:

Bird watching in Moray & Nairn

The Moray & Nairn birding website contains information about many aspects of birding in the area including recent records, Moray Bird Club news, bird watching sites, ringing and the work of local photographers.

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 . Recent editions of ‘Birds in Moray & Nairn’ (the Moray & Nairn bird report) can also be found on this website.BB-NEast

The Breeding Birds of North-East Scotland

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

Young Birders CTA

Download the young Birder Application form - Word Doc
Download the training course application form - PDF
Contact Us
Find Out More