Stewartry branch

Barnacle Geese © Keith Kirk

Barnacle Geese © Keith Kirk

Evening talks programme


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


The following Thursdays at 7.30pm:


“‘Scottish birds’ in Mongolia”, with Richard & Barbara Mearns, followed by New Year’s Welcome


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

The Langholm Moor Demonstration Project is a partnership between the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage, Bucchleuch Estates, RSPB and Natural England, and aims to reconcile grouse moor and raptor conservation interests with the core objective of re-establishing Langholm Moor as a driven grouse moor while maintaining a viable population of hen harriers under SPA guidelines. Started in 2008, the 10-year project is now in its seventh year, and this talk will give an overview over employed management tools, scientific monitoring, and where the project is in respect to its targets.

Sonja Ludwig is the project scientist of the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project and employed in this role by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust since autumn 2012. After gaining a Biology degree in Germany, she studied Common Terns for her PhD, and worked in a variety of ornithological projects, including studies on Ring Ouzels (RSPB Scotland) and Red Grouse (University of Aberdeen). She then had a post-doc position in Austria working with Greylag Geese before returning to the UK. Sonja is a member of the North Solway Ringing Group and the D&G Raptor Study Group.


12 Mar 2015        “Wildlife on a Weir”, with Edmund Fellowes

Edmund will be taking a look at the wildlife in Dumfries, concentrating on the weir on the river  Nith in the middle of the town, and in particular at the birds found there during the year. This is not a scientific study, Edmund watches birds just for fun, and assures us there isn’t a graph in sight!

Edmund is an amateur birder and photographer and has lived in Dumfries for over 40 years. As well as being an SOC member, he is also involved with Dumfries Camera club.

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.

Young Birders CTA

Download the young Birder Application form - Word Doc
Download the training course application form - PDF
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