West Galloway

West Galloway branch


Pale-bellied Brent Geese © Valerie Harrison


Evening talks programme

At each meeting, an invited speaker gives an illustrated talk on their chosen subject lasting approximately an hour, usually with a break for tea/coffee and biscuits. The talks are predominantly about birds but other flora and fauna are often included, together with some spectacular scenery. The talks are designed to be enjoyed by people with any level of interest in birds and are suitable for most age groups. There is no charge for entry or refreshments although donations are always welcome.


Stranraer Library, North Strand Street, Stranraer (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area)


On the following Tuesdays at 7.30pm:

09 Feb 2016 – ‘The Birds of Bute’, Ron Forrester

Ron will be using photographs to illustrate his talk about the diverse avifauna to be found on the Isle of Bute; a wonderful place for birds throughout the year, with each changing season bringing a new dimension to the birdlife of the island. He will discuss distribution and the changing fortunes of many species over the years, with some decreasing in numbers, but others increasing.

Ron was lead editor of The Birds of Scotland (published 2007) and is Secretary of the Scottish Birds Records Committee’s Scottish List Subcommittee. He has lived on Bute for 24 years and was lead author of The Birds of Bute (published 2013). Ron has travelled extensively in search of birds, but has spent much time watching and photographing birds on the Isle of Bute.

08 Mar 2016 – Mark Holling – Twenty years on: The SE Scotland Atlas


Geoff Sheppard
01776 870 685


Branch outings

No outings currently planned. Any updates will be posted here.


Geoff Sheppard

01776 870 685


About the branch

Branch committee

Secretary, Treasurer & representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Geoff Sheppard, Roddens, Leswalt, Stranraer, DG9 0QR, telephone 01776 870685


Alan Johnstone


David McGhie

Committee members:

Sandra Alder, Jean Sheppard

Dumfries and Galloway recorder:

Paul Collin


Useful information:

Nearby branches of the SOC

Find out more about SOC Stewarty branch

Find out more about SOC Dumfries branch

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Click here for a guide 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 this area

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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