Stewartry branch

Barnacle Geese © Keith Kirk

Barnacle Geese © Keith Kirk

Evening talks programme


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


On the following Thursdays at 7.30pm:

21 Sep 2017   Chris Rollie – Ring Ouzels

12 Oct 2017     *Change to advertised subject* Peter Mawby – Watching and wondering

09 Nov 2017   Richard Mearns – Jack Gordon’s Birds of Wigtownshire 1895–1935

14 Dec 2017    Peter Garson – Pheasants in Asia

11 Jan 2018    Ian Bainbridge – What did birds ever do for you?; and The trouble with geese

08 Feb 2018    Richard Clarkson – Ravens

08 Mar 2018     John Savory – The Carrifran Wildwood story and           colonisation by woodland birds there

29 Mar 2018    AGM & Jeremy Brock – Sicily: Birds and more; followed by raffle, quiz and 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 OR the same day the following week.  Thereafter it will be cancelled if the weather is again adverse.

16 June – 27 August 2017
P.S. Waverley’s Clyde season. Cruises from Ayr to Arran, north to Loch Long, plus west to Tighnabruaich and Loch Fyne for all the seabirds and some of the mammals found in Scottish waters”.

Please note there are two more dates on the timetable….MONDAYS AUGUST 14 and 21. Note, the late August dates are never as good for the numbers of birds on the Craig. 

If you are interested please contact Peter or Joan as below. Booking is highly recommended – contact 0845 130 4647

Wed 23 Aug 2017
Crook of Baldoon & Wigtown Harbour for flocks of waders returning from their northern breeding grounds

Fri 8 Sep 2017
Garlieston for flocks of waders, especially for Greenshanks which are usually in good numbers

Fri 29 Sep 2017
Mersehead RSPB Reserve for early arrivals of geese, including the first Barnacles of the winter, plus several species of ducks, waders and predators

Fri 13 Oct 2017
Caerlaverock WWT Reserve for big numbers of ducks, geese, waders and predators which should have arrived for the winter

A week up north (in May or June) to the Highlands or Islands and an autumn break could be arranged if enough members and friends wish to take part.  Contact the secretary if interested and with ideas


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


About the branch

Branch committee

Secretary/joint treasurer:

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


Jeremy Brock

Representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Position currently vacant

Vice-chair/joint treasurer:

Peter Swan

Committee members:

Andrew Bielinski, Mark Pollitt, Graham Smith, Ian Bainbridge

Dumfries and Galloway recorder:

Paul Collin


Stewartry branch activities and communications

Talks and outings reminders:

Members are emailed a reminder about forthcoming talks with more information on the speaker and subject where possible, usually a week or so in advance of the meeting. A similar reminder service operates for outings. If you don’t already receive these alerts and would like to, please contact us.

Forums/News group:

Dumfries and Galloway Birding (Yahoo) 


Birdwatching in Dumfries and 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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