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)


On the following Thursdays at 7.30pm:

10 Dec 2015 –  “Our disappearing Swifts” with Tanya & Edmund Hoare

The screaming parties and acrobatic flight of swifts light up our skies in early summer. Many aspects of their secret lives are revealed in this talk, with video clips from cameras installed in the nest sites of a colony of Cumbrian swifts. Also presented will be the latest research on their remarkable migration, obtained from swifts harnessed with tiny geolocators. Sadly swifts are in serious decline and the reason for this, and efforts to help this most aerial of our birds, will be discussed. 

Tanya and Edmund Hoare are keen birders and on moving to Cumbria 14 years ago, were delighted to discover a colony of swifts nesting in the eaves of their cottage. Enthusiasm for swifts led to their active participation in the national swift network, and to presentations at the international Common Swift conferences in Berlin and Cambridge. They have helped set up a swift group in Sedbergh with the aim of mapping nest locations, and give many talks to raise awareness of the plight of swifts. 

14 Jan 2016 –  Richard & Barbara Mearns – ‘Scottish birds’ in Mongolia, followed by New Year’s Welcome
11 Feb 2016 –  Ron Forrester – The Birds of Bute
10 Mar 2016 –  Mark Holling – Twenty years on: The SE Scotland Atlas
24 Mar 2016 –  AGM & Members’ Night (short illustrated talks)


Joan Howie
01644 420 280


Branch outings

October – March

Additional excursions will be announced at each indoor meeting and posted on the website in due course.


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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