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:

24 Sep 2015 –  Mark Pollitt – Gardening for wildlife
08 Oct 2015 –  Chris Waltho – Specs in Chukotka
12 Nov 2015 –  Glen Chilton – The Return of the Flowerpecker Zombies: Rediscovering extinct species
10 Dec 2015 – Tanya & Edmund Hoare – Our disappearing Swifts
14 Jan 2016 –  Richard & Barbara Mearns – ‘Scottish birds’ in Mongolia, followed by New Year’s Welcome
11 Feb 2016 –  Ron Forrester – The Birds of Bute
10 Mar 2016 –  Mark Holling – Twenty years on: The SE Scotland Atlas
24 Mar 2016 –  AGM & Members’ Night (short illustrated talks)


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.

Afternoon cruises around Ailsa Craig from Ayr Harbour on board the Paddle Steamer ‘Waverley’

Taking place MONDAYS from 20 JULY to 24 AUGUST: afternoon cruises around AILSA CRAIG from Ayr Harbour on the Paddle Steamer ‘Waverley’.

Sail from the south pier at 2.45p.m. and return at 7p.m. There is 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 remember to bring warm clothing. Food is available on board or bring picnics.

**IMPORTANT**: Because of our “summer” weather this year, contact Peter on 01556 502 144 or Joan on 01644 420 280 to learn how to check that the ship is heading for Ayr Harbour as scheduled in order to avoid arriving and finding that there is no sailing that afternoon. (If one should arrive and find no ship, Culzean Castle and Gardens are always an alternative!).

*CHANGE OF DATE *Tue 1 September *

Due to unexpected circumstances, the advertised excursion to RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve, due to take place on Tuesday 18th August, will now take place on TUESDAY 1st SEPTEMBER.
Reserve Warden, Paul Tarling has kindly agreed to lead this excursion, so members will benefit from having the chance to ask Paul about the work which has already taken place on the reserve and to find out about the plans for its future. There should be plenty of early migrant waders to be seen, as well as waterbirds on Wigtown Bay.
Bring picnics and sensible footwear for the walk. We hope you can make it along!

Should the weather be bad on the Tuesday the excursion will take place the next day, Wednesday.  Thereafter cancelled if again adverse weather.

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 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.

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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