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:

08 Oct 2015 –  ‘Specs in Chukotka’, with Chris Waltho

Chris Waltho, a former President of the Club, has studied the Common Eider in the Clyde for over forty years and is co-author of the recently published book by Poyser on that bird.  However on Thursday 8th October he will talk on the ‘nesting characteristics’ of the Spectacled Eider Duck, a very much rarer bird whose wintering grounds remained a mystery until recently. He travelled to Arctic Russia to study this duck and will also include in his talk a wide range of other nesting tundra water-birds he saw out there. 

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


Stewartry Autumn (October) Break

As there has been little interest in the proposed branch trip to Northumberland this autumn, and general agreement that it would be better to go there in late spring/early summer when the Farne Islands with their thousands of nesting seabirds could be visited, it has been suggested that an outing to Montrose, mid-October, might be a good alternative.
In previous mid-October visits there we have seen thousands of Pink-footed Geese along with hundreds and hundreds of waders and ducks in Montrose Basin and good numbers of seaducks and divers along the coast. Even if the weather is poor, excellent viewing can still be had from the Visitor Centre. As we’ll be visiting during migration time, there is always the chance of a rarity such as the Barred Warbler seen in 2013! If you would be interested in coming along, please contact Joan Howie, Branch Secretary, on 01644 420 280.
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.

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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