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:

Details of next season’s talks programme will be added in due course.


Joan Howie
01644 420 280


Branch outings

Most excursions have been fixed for Tuesdays this year. Should the weather be bad on any Tuesday, the excursion will take place the next day, a Wednesday, and will thereafter be cancelled if the weather is again adverse. Additional excursions for March and April will be announced at the indoor meetings.

*CHANGE OF DATE* Sun 28 Jun Afternoon cruise around AILSA CRAIG from Ayr Harbour on board the Paddle Steamer ‘Waverley’

This is a ONE-OFF SUNDAY CRUISE around the island.  Sail from the south pier at 3p.m. and return at 7p.m.  No need to book in advance as tickets can be bought on board.

This cruise is the easiest and best way to see the towering cliffs full of amazing numbers of nesting Gannets.  Black Guillemots, Common Guillemots, Cormorants, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Razorbills and Shags all nest on the island.  Also nowadays, after the extermination of the rats, numbers of Puffins can be seen, whilst Manx Shearwaters should be skimming over the waves searching for food.

PLEASE NOTE it can be MUCH colder on the sea than on land so bring warm clothing. Food is available on board or bring picnics.

ALSO NOTE the road north through Carsphairn and Dalmellington is now open as the roadworks have been completed ahead of schedule.

For further information contact Joan on 01644 420 280  or  Peter on 01556 502 144. Should the weather be bad that day the cruise will take place on Monday 20th July instead, leaving at 2.45pm.

Wed 15 July   P.S. ‘Waverley’ day cruise up the Clyde and across to Loch Fyne from AYR South Harbour at 10am. Should the weather be bad the cruise will take place the following week
Tue 18 Aug  Garlieston and Crook of Baldoon
Fri 25 Sep     Mersehead for first Barnacle Geese of winter
October        Short break of 4 days and 3 nights on Northumberland coast. Would interested members please let office bearers know which dates suit them as soon as possible


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, 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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