Stewartry branch

Barnacle Geese © Keith Kirk

Barnacle Geese © Keith Kirk

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:

30 Mar 2017
AGM & Members’ Night (short illustrated talks & quiz), followed by 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.

Fri 31 Mar 2017
Loch Ryan for three species of divers plus many species of ducks, grebes and waders

Fri 28 Apr 2017
Garroch Estate, St. John’s Town of Dalry. Very good for woodland birds including summer migrants

Fri 26 May 2017
Glen Im, Mennock Pass, Wanlockhead for Ring Ouzels, moorland birds, summer migrants and predators

Fri 23 Jun 2017
Castramont Wood & Dromore Viaduct for woodland birds including Pied Flycatchers and Redstarts, plus Cuckoos and Wheatears

16 Jun-27 Aug 2017
P.S. Waverley’s Clyde season (no timetable published yet). Cruises from Ayr for all the seabirds and some of the mammals found in Scottish waters

July 2017
Cruise around Ailsa Craig on P.S. Waverley from Ayr for thousands of nesting Gannets and other cliff nesting seabirds (date to be confirmed)

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


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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