Evening talks programme
Methodist Church Halls, 20 Marketgait, Dundee
The following Thursdays at 7.30pm.
06 Nov 2014
“Ring Ouzel conservation”, with Innes Sim, RSPB Scotland
Until recently, the Ring Ouzel was one of the least-studied species in the UK, probably since it inhabits remote upland areas and is relatively wary of humans. In recent years, however, it has received a lot more attention from conservation scientists, leading to several publications which have increased our knowledge of the species ecology. This talk will discuss the conclusions of these studies, point out what we don’t yet know, and look ahead to what we might discover in the future.
04 Dec 2014 Members’ night
08 Jan 2015 Bruce Lynch – Ringing in Glen Clova, past and present
05 Feb 2015 John Calladine – Breeding waders of the Uist machair: Land use and predators, past, present and future
05 Mar 2015 Ian Thomson – Shotguns & Short-toed Eagles: Birding on the island of Malta
02 Apr 2015 AGM & Members’ Night
Please contact the leader if transport is required. All meets are joint with ADBC; members are urged to carshare wherever possible.
Sun 9 Nov Angus Lochs. Meet at Forfar Loch car park at 10.00am (Gus Guthrie 01575 574548)
Sun 11 Jan Annual Angus coast wader watch. Meet at 9.00am at bottom of South Balmossie St. near railway bridge or 10.00am at Easthaven (leader tba)
Sun 15 Feb Scone Palace & Vane Farm. Meet at Crichton St., Dundee at 9.00am or Quarry Mill at 10.00am (Eric McCabe 01738 622269)
Wed 18 Mar Coastal walk to Gaylet Pot with lunch at But ‘n’ Ben. Meet at Auchmithie at 10.00am (numbers required for table booking, contact Mickey Mellon)
Brian Brocklehurst 01382 778348 or leader (particularly if transport is required). All meets are joint with ADBC.
About the branch
Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Angus and Dundee recorder and Technical Expert:
Perth and Kinross recorder:
Birdwatching in Tayside
Bird recording in this area
Kinross Bird Atlas
During the fieldwork for BirdAtlas 2007-11, data for the old county of Kinross has been gathered from all of its 71 tetrads. The fieldwork is almost finished but mopping up in the current 2012 breeding season will take place. Any observer birding in the region is invited to submit as many breeding season records as possible to the BirdTrack or BirdAtlas websites, ideally adding breeding status codes for every record, which can be found on the websites. All records should be at tetrad level. If anyone is unsure where the northern boundary of the old county lies (not marked on current maps), the most northerly tetrads covered are NO00D, NO00I, NO00N, NO00U, NO00Z, NO10E, NO10J & NO10P. The remainder of the boundary is the current Perth & Kinross boundary. Records from the 10km square NO00 will be particularly valuable. Any queries should be directed to Norman Elkins.
BTO Winter Thrush survey
Tayside branch members are also much involved with the Winter Thrush 2 year survey being run by the BTO – running from September 2012 to April 2013 and repeated again from September 2013 to April 2014. Visit the BTO website for more information http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/winter-thrushes