Whether you’re new to birdwatching, a keen ornithologist or somewhere in between, the SOC will help you further your knowledge and enjoyment of Scotland’s wonderful birdlife.
The Birds of Scotland
Bottle Top Bird Feeder
Collins Bird Guide*
Choose one of these free gifts when you join
and pay by Direct Debit (conditions apply)
Who are we?
On the one hand, a birdwatching club
The SOC is Scotland’s bird club. We bring together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.
On the other, a network of volunteers across Scotland, gathering vital, impartial information about our wild birds
One of the SOC's greatest contributions to Scottish ornithology is monitoring and recording of bird numbers. For more than 80 years we’ve been watching over Scotland’s birds, recording their numbers, presence or absence all over Scotland through the SOC’s network of Local Recorders and dedicated volunteers. The data we collect is then made available to organisations such as the RSPB, and is one of the first points of reference in informed conservation planning. It is also available to conservationists, planners and developers and is a critical tool for future bird conservation.
Why do we do this?
Many people consider birds to be the litmus test for the health of the environment. By recording which species we’ve seen when and where, how many we saw as well as what we didn’t see, scientists can gain a greater understanding of the effects pollution, habitat loss, climate change and modern farming methods are having on our wild birds.
The SOC is Scotland’s bird club with 15 branches around the country and a growing membership of over 3300.
Find out more about us or take a look at our latest Annual Report. No myriad of graphs or tables here, but a chatty, colourful and clear insight into the Club’s work, activities and achievements - all of which the support of our members has helped us to achieve.
What you get when you join us...
Plus, choose one of these three thank you gifts when you pay by Direct Debit*:
- The Birds of Scotland Digital. Find out more about it here.
- Bottle Top Bird Feeder
- Collins Bird Guide*
* Collins Bird Guide is not available as a free gift option when purchasing Student, Unwaged or Junior membership. Where Direct Debit is not applicable (Life and Junior memberships, or where the payee does not hold a UK bank account), you may still choose a free gift. Overseas members will automatically receive The Birds of Scotland Digital as their free gift. We regret that this offer is not available to previous members who have already received a free gift.
How much does membership cost?
Type of membership
|Adult (aged 18 or over)||£36|
|Family (2 adults and all juniors at same address)||£48|
|Student (in full time education)||£14|
|Concession (Unwaged - in receipt of state benefits)||£14|
|Joint Concession (at the same address)||£35|
|Library / Institution||£60|
For non-UK addresses, please add a £15 supplement to all categories to cover postage
Or join by post
Click the button below to download the membership form and post your completed form in to us at our Waterston House address. Our Freepost address is FREEPOST RTKC-TGJU-KZLB, SOC, Waterston House, Longniddry, EH32 0PY, however using a stamp will save us costs.
Thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to welcoming you to the Club!