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:

11 Oct 2016
Andy Howard – Give me a ‘High Five’: A detailed look at five specialist species found in the Cairngorms

Give me a ‘High Five’ features a myriad of images all taken in the magnificent Cairngorms. You will transported through each season and its diverse weather. The true stars of the show though are the cheeky and gregarious Crested Tits, the aggressive but handsome Black Grouse, the hardy Ptarmigan, the characterful Mountain Hare and the dainty Dotterel.  

Andy is a professional wildlife photographer and guide bases in Inverness; most of his time is spent in the Cairngorms, especially when photographing his beloved Mountain Hares and Ptarmigan. Bad weather doesn’t put Andy off and some of his most striking images have been captured in inclement conditions. Five years ago Andy made a conscious decision to specialise in a few select species and aims to work with these as ongoing projects, therefore capturing the subjects in all conditions during all four seasons.

08 Nov 2016        
Gordon Yates – Great Northern Diver: In search of Himbrimi

06 Dec 2016       
To be announced

10 Jan 2017       
AGM and social evening

07 Feb 2017      
Ian Thomson – Shotguns & Short-toed Eagles: Birding on the island of Malta

07 Mar 2017      
Mark Newell – Seabird studies on the Isle of May: Spreading our wings after 40 years


Geoff Sheppard
01776 870 685


Branch outings

Details of any upcoming outings will be advertised 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

Birdwatching in 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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