Evening talks programme
Methodist Church Halls, 20 Marketgait, Dundee, DD1 1QR (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area)
On the following Thursdays at 7.30pm:
06 Oct 2016
Ron Summers – The migrations and status of the Purple Sandpiper in Britain and Ireland
Ron’s talk summarises how small scale studies by amateur bird watchers have gradually elucidated the complexities of the migration patterns of the Purple Sandpiper, and describes how the fortunes of this bird are changing.
Ron Summers is a Conservation Scientist at the RSPB and, over the past 25 years, has been involved in studies of a range of Highland birds and particularly pinewood species. He is from Dundee, and attained a BSc in Zoology and PhD after studying at St Andrews and Aberdeen Universities. Further bird studies have taken him to the University of Cape Town, Goose Green in the Falkland Islands, and the Norfolk coast before joining the RSPB in Inverness. Throughout these studies he has maintained a long-running interest in Purple Sandpipers.
03 Nov 2016
To be announced
01 Dec 2016
To be announced
05 Jan 2017
To be announced
02 Feb 2017
Ray Murray – Twenty years on: The SE Scotland Atlas
02 Mar 2017
Mark Newell – Seabird studies on the Isle of May: Spreading our wings after 40 years
06 Apr 2017
AGM & speaker to be announced
Please contact the leader if transport is required. All meets are joint with Angus & Dundee Bird Club; members are urged to carshare wherever possible.
Sun 9 Oct 2016
Monikie & Crombie Country Parks. Meet at 10.00am at Monikie Country Park car park (Alice Fell & Joan Farrell)
Brian Brocklehurst 01382 778348 or leader (particularly if transport is required).
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