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:

11 Feb 2016 – “The Birds of Bute”, Ron Forrester

Ron will be using photographs to illustrate his talk about the diverse avifauna to be found on the Isle of Bute; a wonderful place for birds throughout the year, with each changing season bringing a new dimension to the birdlife of the island. He will discuss distribution and the changing fortunes of many species over the years, with some decreasing in numbers, but others increasing.

Ron was lead editor of The Birds of Scotland (published 2007) and is Secretary of the Scottish Birds Records Committee’s Scottish List Subcommittee. He has lived on Bute for 24 years and was lead author of The Birds of Bute (published 2013). Ron has travelled extensively in search of birds, but has spent much time watching and photographing birds on the Isle 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

October – March

Additional excursions will be announced at each indoor meeting and posted on the website in due course.


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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