West Galloway

West Galloway branch


Pale-bellied Brent Geese © Valerie Harrison


Evening talks programme


Stranraer Library, North Strand Street, Stranraer


The following Tuesdays at 7.30pm.

07 Oct 2014         ”Planning Scotland’s Seas: A Vision for the Future. Conservation implications of seabird decline”, with Allan Whyte

Scotland’s marine environment has be over exploited and under regulated to the point where the rich marine wildlife that was once ubiquitous is now fragmented and only exists where the hands of industry can’t reach. The Marine (Scotland) Act, passed in 2010, gave Scotland the tools to reverse some of this damage. My talk explores a vision of how Scotland’s marine environment could be, the challenges we face and what needs to be done to ensure Scotland remains one of the most important places in the world for seabirds.

11 Nov 2014        Jim Cassels – Mapping Arran’s birds

09 Dec 2014       To be announced

13 Jan 2015         New Year social evening

10 Feb 2015        Jeremy Brock – Spanish Steppes: Birds of the Laguna de Gallocanta

10 Mar 2015       Euan Ferguson – Colour-ringing gulls in North-East Scotland


Geoff Sheppard
01776 870 685


Branch outings

To be announced.  Details will be made available here in due course.


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

Dumfries and Galloway recorder:

Paul Collin


Useful information:

West Galloway SOC website

The branch has its own dedicated website- click here to visit West Galloway SOC website.

Nearby branches of the SOC

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Bird recording in this area

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