Orkney branch


Yesnaby in a storm © Eric Meek

Evening talks programme


St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall at 7.30pm


The following Thursdays at 7.30pm.

09 Oct  2014        “The effects of Goshawk colonisation on Tawny Owls in Kielder Forest”, with Sarah Hoy

Over the last few decades, food resources for many vole-eating raptors and owls have declined throughout Europe. At the same time, in the UK the abundance of large raptors like goshawks, buzzards and peregrines has increased. These larger raptors are known to both compete with and predate smaller raptors and owls. In Kielder forest, Northumberland, the raptor and owl community has been continuously monitored for over 30 years, a period which spans the recolonisation of goshawks and buzzards in the area. Sarah will be talking about that this recolonisation and declining food resources has had on other raptor and owl species in the forest, particularly on tawny owls. 

06 Nov 2014        ”Sea to summit”, with Derek McGinn

Although principally concentrating on birds in Scotland: plants, mammals and landscape images and sounds will also feature, where appropriate, as we take a virtual stroll across the country, from our seas to our highest plateaux. This talk will celebrate the diversity of Scotland’s wildlife with occasional supplementary examples from Scandinavia. 

05 Feb 2015        “Seabird studies on the Isle of May:  Spreading our wings after 40 years”, with Mark Newell

A summary of the seabirds and seabird work on the Isle of May, (a National Nature Reserve lying 5 miles off the Fife coast), over the last 40 years with a general background to the isle and its other wildlife. Mark will also provide an overview of expanding their work to take in other seabird colonies along the east coast. 

05 Mar 2015       ”Breeding waders of the Uist machair: Land use and predators, past, present and future”, with John Calladine

The west coast habitats of the Uists hold concentrations of breeding waders that are exceptional in Scottish, British and wider European contexts. Observed declines in wader populations on South Uist and Benbecula since the 1980s were argued to be largely due to predation of clutches by introduced hedgehogs. This argument, supported by evidence from the effects of their experimental removal, led to an ongoing programme of hedgehog removal. Concern remained however that breeding populations of some waders did not show signs of recovery that might be expected in response to hedgehog control. This talk will present some of the findings of recent work investigating associations of changes in breeding wader densities with land uses and new work on the full suite of predators affecting machair waders. Future implications for conservation will be discussed. 


Colin Corse
01856 874484

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Colin Corse
01856 874484


About the branch

Branch committee:

Secretary and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Colin Corse, Garrisdale, Lynnpark Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1SL, Tel 01856 874484


Stuart Williams

Orkney recorder:

Jim Williams


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Birdwatching in Orkney

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