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:
09 Mar 2017
Mark Newell – Seabird studies on the Isle of May: Spreading our wings after 40 years
Mark Newell will be telling us about the seabirds and seabird work on the Isle of May (a National Nature Reserve which lies 5 miles off the Fife coast) over the last 40 years, alongside a more general background to the isle and its other wildlife. Mark will also provide an overview as to how the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) have expanded their work to take in other seabird colonies along the east coast.
Mark has worked as a seabird ecologist at CEH, Edinburgh, since November 2004. His role there is to undertake and manage the long-term seabird fieldwork that is carried out on the Isle of May. This involves ringing and studying a range of species throughout the breeding season with particular interest in their productivity, long-term survival and diet.
Prior to starting at CEH, Mark worked as a Wildlife Tour Guide specialising in trips to Scottish islands. He also has also carried out short term contracts on a wide range of ornithological projects for Scottish Natural Heritage, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Fair Isle Bird Observatory, Shetland and the University of Plymouth.
30 Mar 2017
AGM & Members’ Night (short illustrated talks & quiz), followed by Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’
01644 420 280
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
Joan Howie, The Wilderness, High Street, New Galloway, Castle Douglas, DG7 3RL
Representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Position currently vacant
Andrew Bielinski, Jeremy Brock, Iain Matthewson, Mark Pollitt, Graham Smith
Dumfries and Galloway recorder:
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.