Orkney branch

Black Guillemot by Laurie Campbell

Black Guillemot by Laurie Campbell

Evening talks programme



On the following Thursdays at 7.30pm:

04 Feb 2016 – ‘The migrations and status of the Purple Sandpiper in Britain and Ireland’ with Ron Summers

Ron’s talk summarises how small scale studies by amateur bird watchers have gradually elucidated the complexities of the migration patterns of the Purple Sandpiper, and described how the fortunes of this bird are changing. 

Ron Summers is a Conservation Scientist at RSPB and, over the past 25 years, has been involved in studies of a range of Highland birds and particularly pinewood species.  He is from Dundee, and attained a BSc in Zoology and PhD after studying at St Andrews and Aberdeen Universities.  Further bird studies have taken him to the University of Cape Town, Goose Green in the Falkland Islands, and the Norfolk coast before joining the RSPB in Inverness.  Throughout these studies he has maintained a long-running interest in Purple Sandpipers. 

03 Mar 2016 –  Ray Murray – Twenty years on: The SE Scotland Atlas


Jane Cleaver, SOC Headquarters
01875 871 330

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About the branch

Branch committee:

Secretary and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Position vacant


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Vice- Chair:

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Orkney recorder:

Jim Williams


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