Stewartry branch

Evening talks programme


Kells School, New Galloway


The following Thursdays at 7.30pm.

09 Oct 2014        “Planning Scotland’s Seas: A Vision for the Future. Conservation implications of seabird decline”, with Allan Whyte, RSPB Scotland’s Marine Policy Officer

Scotland’s marine environment has be over exploited and under regulated to the point where the rich marine wildlife that was once ubiquitous is now fragmented and only exists where the hands of industry can’t reach. The Marine (Scotland) Act, passed in 2010, gave Scotland the tools to reverse some of this damage. This talk will explore a vision of how Scotland’s marine environment could be, the challenges we face and what needs to be done to ensure Scotland remains one of the most important places in the world for seabirds.

13 Nov 2014        Jim Cassels – Mapping Arran’s birds

11 Dec 2014        Angus Hogg – Ayrshire birds: The changing scene

15 Jan 2015        Richard & Barbara Mearns – ‘Scottish birds’ in Mongolia, followed by New Year’s Welcome

12 Feb 2015        Sonja Ludwig – Seven years into the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project

12 Mar 2015       Euan Ferguson – Colour-ringing gulls in North-East Scotland

02 Apr 2015       AGM & Members’ Night (short illustrated talks)



Joan Howie
01644 420 280


Branch outings

October to March excursions to be announced at indoor meetings, if there is any interest.


Joan Howie (as above) or Geoff Packard, 01557 330681.


About the branch

Branch committee

Secretary/joint treasurer:

Joan Howie, The Wilderness, High Street, New Galloway, Castle Douglas, DG7 3RL

Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Geoff Packard

Vice-chair/joint treasurer:

Peter Swan

Committee members:

Andrew Bielinski, Jeremy Brock, Jean Maltman, Iain Matthewson, Mark Pollitt, Graham Smith

Dumfries and Galloway recorder:

Paul Collin


Useful information:

Birdwatching in Gallowaybirdwatching-in-dumfries-and-galloway-4th-edition-guide

Click here for a list of recommended sites to visit and to download a free, full-colour birdwatching guide produced by D&G Council Ranger Service.

Bird recording in Stewartry

Visit the Dumfries & Galloway 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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