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:

22 Sep 2016
Brian Morrell – Incredible journeys

13 Oct 2016        
Andy Howard – Give me a ‘High Five’: A detailed look at five specialist species found in the Cairngorms

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

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

Fri 15 Jul 2016
Moneypool Burn Woods & Creetown to Skyreburn Moorland

There should be Dipper and Grey Wagtail in the burn and plenty of summer migrants in the woods as well as several resident woodland species including Nuthatch.

The afternoon in the higher ground should produce several raptors as well as moorland birds. Also, given a sunny day, there should be a chance to see several species of butterflies and some of the wild flowers should be at their best.

PLEASE remember to contact Geoff, Peter or Joan the night before after 7pm to confirm that the trip is taking place as planned. Should the forecast be bad the excursion will take place the following day; thereafter it will be cancelled if the weather is again adverse.
Most important(!)…….Picnic elevenses, lunches and teas.

Mon 25 Jul 2016
Afternoon cruise from Ayr Harbour round Ailsa Craig on PS Waverley

Mon 22 Aug 2016
Cumstoun Bridge & Kirkcudbright Bay

Tue 6 Sep 2016
Newbiebarns & Powfoot, near Annan

Fri 30 Sep 2016
RSPB Mersehead Reserve

Fri 14 Oct 2016
WWT Caerlaverock Reserve

22-26 Oct 2016
Short break of five days & four nights on east coast in Montrose area


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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