Orkney branch


Yesnaby in a storm © Eric Meek

Evening talks programme



On the following Thursdays at 7.30pm:

08 Oct 2015 –  ‘Shotguns & Short-toed Eagles: Birding on the island of Malta’, with Ian Thomson

Malta could be one of the Mediterranean’s best birding locations, but for many years has been notorious for the slaughter of thousands of migrating protected birds, both in spring and autumn. This talk looks at the island’s potential for birders, discusses the politics and the scale of the problem of illegal hunting and trapping and tries to predict what the future may hold. Originally from Aberdeen, Ian did an ecology degree at Edinburgh University before working in a variety of roles including as a barman, deer stalker & fish farmer to pay off his student overdraft. He then worked as a research officer, a countryside ranger and an RSPB information assistant before becoming warden at Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve, a post he held for almost 15 years. He left to work for RSPB as an Investigations Officer in 2006, and has been head of the Investigations team in Scotland since 2012.

05 Nov 2015 –  Edmund Fellowes – Wildlife at a weir: A look at birds and other wildlife on the River Nith in Dumfries
04 Feb 2016 –  Ron Summers – The migrations and status of the Purple Sandpiper in Britain and Ireland
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


Position vacant

Vice- Chair:

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Position vacant

Orkney recorder:

Jim Williams


Useful information:

Birdwatching in Orkney

Click here for our guide to Birding North Ronaldsay

Bird recording in Orkney

Visit the Orkney recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.

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