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:
02 Mar 2017
Mark Newell – Seabird studies on the Isle of May: Spreading our wings after 40 years
Mark Newell will be telling us about the seabirds and seabird work on the Isle of May (a National Nature Reserve which lies 5 miles off the Fife coast) over the last 40 years, alongside a more general background to the isle and its other wildlife. Mark will also provide an overview as to how the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) have expanded their work to take in other seabird colonies along the east coast.
Mark has worked as a seabird ecologist at CEH, Edinburgh, since November 2004. His role there is to undertake and manage the long-term seabird fieldwork that is carried out on the Isle of May. This involves ringing and studying a range of species throughout the breeding season with particular interest in their productivity, long-term survival and diet.
Prior to starting at CEH, Mark worked as a Wildlife Tour Guide specialising in trips to Scottish islands. He also has also carried out short term contracts on a wide range of ornithological projects for Scottish Natural Heritage, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Fair Isle Bird Observatory, Shetland and the University of Plymouth.
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 12 March 2017
“Kinnordy/Lintrathen/Backwater”. Meet Loch of Kinnordy at 9.30am. Leader Gus Guthrie
Wed 12 April 2017
“Auchmithie/Windyhills” (With Lunch at the But ‘n Ben). Meet Auchmithie Car Park at 10am. Leader Bob McCurley
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