Tayside branch

Joint branch & Angus and Dundee Bird Club outing, August 2012

Joint branch & Angus and Dundee Bird Club outing, August 2012

Evening talks programme



Methodist Church Halls, 20 Marketgait, Dundee (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area)


On the following Thursdays at 7.30pm:

03 Sep 2015 – “Namibia, landscape and wildlife”, with David Merrie

David Merrie spent a fortnight touring Namibia in November last year. Travelling from Windhoek, via the Namib Desert to the coast at Swakopmund, he then went north to Twyfelfontein, and on to the Etosha National Park. David hopes to give us a taste of Namibia’s spectacular landscapes and its wide variety of birds and animals, despite the country’s aridity outside of the short rainy season.       

01 Oct  2015 – Iain Malzer – The factors affecting the status of the Bearded Reedling in the Tay Reedbeds
05 Nov 2015 –  Ian Poxton – Merlins in the Lammermuir Hills 1984-2014: How birds and fieldworkers get by on heavily-keepered grouse moors!
03 Dec 2015 –  Members’ slides and a short talk by Colin McLeod
07 Jan 2016 –  Ron Dowing – Hobby study in Britain and Germany
04 Feb 2016 –  St. Andrews University PhD projects: Nora Carlson and Esme Guerrero – titles to be confirmed
03 Mar 2016 –  Will Cresswell – Our birds in Africa
07 Apr 2016 – AGM & Member’s slides by Neil Black


Brian Brocklehurst
01382 778348


Branch outings

Please contact the leader if transport is required.  All meets are joint with ADBC; members are urged to car share wherever possible.

Wed 16 Sep Coach trip to Loch Leven/Vane Farm, jointly led by Jeremy Squires (SNH). Meet at 9.00am prompt at Bridgeview Station Restaurant, Riverside Drive, Dundee.


Brian Brocklehurst 01382 778348 or leader (particularly if transport is required).


About the branch

Branch committee


Brian Brocklehurst

Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

John Campbell


Bob McCurley

Committee members:

Ron Downing

Angus and Dundee recorder and Technical Expert:

Jon Cook

Perth and Kinross recorder:

Scott Paterson


Useful information:

Birdwatching in Tayside

Click here for our guide to Birding the Angus coast and here for a list of recommended sites to visit in Perth & Kinross

Bird recording in this area

Visit the Angus and Dundee and Perth and Kinross recording area pages for details of the latest bird reports, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.

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

Young Birders CTA

Download the young Birder Application form - Word Doc
Download the training course application form - PDF
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