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:

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

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.

Fri 30 Sep 2016
RSPB Mersehead Reserve, for the first Barnacle Geese of the winter and other wildfowl

Fri 14 Oct 2016
WWT Caerlaverock Reserve, for most species of wildfowl including Barnacle Geese and Whooper Swans, as well as many predators and waders

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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