West Galloway branch
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:
07 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.
01776 870 685
Details of any upcoming outings will be advertised here
01776 870 685
About the branch
Secretary, Treasurer & representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Geoff Sheppard, Roddens, Leswalt, Stranraer, DG9 0QR, telephone 01776 870685
Sandra Alder, Jean Sheppard
Dumfries and Galloway recorder:
Nearby branches of the SOC
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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.