Orkney branch

Black Guillemot by Laurie Campbell

Black Guillemot by Laurie Campbell

Evening talks programme


St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall, KW15 1PA (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area)


On the following Thursdays at 7.30pm:

03 Nov 2016
Peter Mawby – Dippers

The Dipper is a familiar bird of fast-flowing rivers and streams but it is in decline across its range.  What are the reasons for this decline and can it be reversed? Peter presents the latest results from his 50-year study of the Dipper in the Yorkshire Dales.

Peter’s interest in ornithology was encouraged during his school days and he has been licensed to ring birds for over 50 years.  Whilst still at school he was part of one of the first expeditions to visit SE Iceland to study the breeding distribution of the Great Skua.  Subsequently he organised and led his own expeditions to the Shetland and Faroe Islands and was awarded a grant whilst an undergraduate at Cambridge University to extend his studies to Arctic Scandinavia.  He is currently researching the environmental impact of changing patterns of agriculture on riparian birds of the Wester Dales.

09 Feb 2017
Marianna Chimienti – How do I catch my fish? Multiscale foraging strategies in seabirds

09 Mar 2017
AGM & Bob Swann – Red-breasted Geese in Bulgaria


Helen Aiton

01856 751482

Branch outings

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About the branch

Branch committee:

Chair and Treasurer:

Peter Slater

Secretary, Vice-chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Helen Aiton

Orkney recorder:

Jim Williams


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