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, DG9 7LD (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area)


On the following Tuesdays at 7.30pm:

That’s it for this season’s talks programme! Details of next season’s will be added shortly


Geoff Sheppard
01776 870 685


Branch outings

Tues 6 June 2017, 7pm, all welcome!

Jeni Grover will be leading a walk through Aldouran Glen for “Identifying Bird Song” at 7pm on Tuesday 6 June, meeting at the main gateway to the Aldouran Wetland Gardens

So many of us listen to the bird song but fail to identify which species is producing it so this is a great opportunity to go with someone who can “point us in the right direction” and help us to improve this aspect of our birding.

The weather forecast looks good and with a fair breeze so that should keep the midges away although some midge repellent would be a good idea. The path is reasonably good and not difficult but it would be wise to wear sensible footwear.

For anyone unfamiliar with Aldouran, it is a lovely Garden leading through a Wetland area to Aldouran Glen. It lies on the outskirts of Leswalt; there is parking at the top of the service road and disabled parking outside the entrance. there is also parking and a map giving directions outside Leswalt Village Hall. If anyone needs more guidance regarding Aldouran’s location, please contact Jean (SOC West Galloway Committee Member) on 01776 870685 or at geoff.roddens@btinternet.com

Hope to see you there!


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


West Galloway branch activities and communications

Talks reminders:

Members are emailed a reminder about forthcoming talks with more information on the speaker and subject where possible, usually a week or so in advance of the meeting. A similar reminder service operates for outings. If you don’t already receive these alerts and would like to, please contact us.

Forums/News group:

Dumfries and Galloway Birding (Yahoo) groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/dumfriesandgallowaybirding 

Nearby branches of the SOC

Find out more about SOC Stewarty branch

Find out more about SOC Dumfries branch


Birdwatching in Dumfries and Gallowaybirdwatching-in-dumfries-and-galloway-4th-edition-guide

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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