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)


The following Thursdays at 7.30pm:

02 Apr 2015       AGM & Members’ Night (short illustrated talks)

After the usual exciting AGM, there will be two short illustrated talks by branch members. Margaret Swan has put together some of her photographs under the title “Swanning around Nepal”; and David Hawker, who was has been counting rookeries in the Stewartry for about 30 years, is going to give us the results of his efforts.

Mark Pollitt produced a well illustrated, amusing and enjoyable quiz for the local Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) last meeting and has agreed to produce a bird themed quiz for the second half of the programme. Several prizes to be won.

The evening will end with “An Easter Egg-Stravaganza”. As our usual “welcome to the New Year” party did not take place because the January meeting had to be cancelled due to floods and gale force winds, it has been decided to welcome Easter instead. This informal evening is an opportunity to bring along relatives and friends to meet your fellow SOC birdwatchers.

PLEASE BRING ALONG A FEW “GOODIES”. Sweet or savoury – sandwiches, cheese straws, cake, home baking- anything which can be eaten with the fingers. Drinks will be provided.


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.

Tue 21 Apr   New Luce and Penwhirn area
Tue 19 May  Barclye and Wood of Cree
Sat 30 May   A week on Arran
Tue 16 Jun   Mennock Pass and Wanlockhead
July                P.S. ‘Waverley’ cruises. Mon 13th afternoon cruise around Ailsa Craig from Ayr, Wed 15 Jul day cruise                          up the Clyde and across to Loch Fyne from Ayr. Should the weather be bad on either day, 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, Jean Maltman, 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.

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