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:

10 Nov 2016        
Gordon Yates – Great Northern Diver: In search of Himbrimi

Gordon tells us more about his three visits to Iceland to find and film Himbrimi (the Icelandic name for the Great Northern Diver) and the birds, flowers and spectacular scenery there.

In 1972 Gordon started making wildlife films and every year since he’s managed to produce a one hour film. His films cover his local patch the Pennines as well as Islay, a place very dear to his heart. Overseas destinations include the Seychelles, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska and Spitzbergen. He loves the high Arctic and even his life and death encounter with a Polar Bear while camping in Spitzbergen in 1997 has not put him off wanting to go again!

Gordon was delighted to be made an Honorary Life member of three local wildlife groups in acknowledgement for his contribution to Wildlife Conservation through his films. He has won several awards in still photography competitions with BBC, RSPB, Scottish Wildlife and SOC using his old Pentax equipment. He is now the proud owner of a Canon EOS 7D digital still camera and a Canon XM2 digital camcorder.

15 Dec 2016       
Angus Hogg – Birding on the edge: The Uists

12 Jan 2017        
Ian Bainbridge – What did birds ever do for you?

9 Feb 2017           
Ian Thomson – Shotguns & Short-toed Eagles: Birding on the island of Malta

09 Mar 2017      
Mark Newell – Seabird studies on the Isle of May: Spreading our wings after 40 years

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.  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.

22-26 Oct 2016
Short break of five days & four nights on east coast in Montrose area. The tidal Montrose Basin is internationally important for wintering waders and wildfowl (with over 60,000 Pink-footed Geese each year) and there is excellent sea watching from the dunes both north and south of the town


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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