Stewartry branch

Barnacle Geese © Keith Kirk

Barnacle Geese © Keith Kirk

Evening talks programme


Kells School, New Galloway, DG7 3RL (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area)


On the following Thursdays at 7.30pm:

9 Feb 2017           
Ian Thomson – Shotguns & Short-toed Eagles: Birding on the island of Malta

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.

Ian has been a birder for 35 years, is a keen, but average (in his words!) bird photographer, and a big fan of Aberdeen FC. 

09 Mar 2017      
Mark Newell – Seabird studies on the Isle of May: Spreading our wings after 40 years

30 Mar 2017
AGM & Members’ Night (short illustrated talks & quiz), followed by Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’


Joan Howie
01644 420 280


Branch outings

Should the weather be bad on any date the excursion will take place the following day.  Thereafter it will be cancelled if the weather is again adverse. November to March – excursions for these months will be announced at each indoor meeting.


Joan Howie (as above) or Peter Swan, 01556 502 144.


About the branch

Branch committee

Secretary/joint treasurer:

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


Geoff Packard

Representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Position currently vacant

Vice-chair/joint treasurer:

Peter Swan

Committee members:

Andrew Bielinski, Jeremy Brock, 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. Or pick up your copy of the guide at evening meetings, for a suggested donation of 50p, while stocks last. Guides can also be posted out at price of £1 including p&p. Please send a cheque, made payable to ‘Stewartry Branch SOC’ to Joan Howie (address details above).

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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