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'Where to Watch Birds in Scotland', SOC's new, free mobile app

The app is expected to launch in March - subscribe to our mailing list below to be notified of when it becomes available for download in the app store and for future updates.

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Over two years in the making, the Club is delighted to announce the forthcoming launch of SOC's first ever app, 'Where to Watch Birds in Scotland'. Free to use and available for Android and Apple devices, the app will enable users to discover where to watch birds in Scotland and the bird species likely to be found at these sites. 

This unique app (no digital or up to date printed resource like this currently exists) will bring Scotland’s birds to a new generation of birdwatchers and will help members of the public, complete beginners and experts alike to discover the best places to see and enjoy birds around the country. 

Features of the app
Users will be able to:

- locate birdwatching sites in Scotland and have access to information about each site including:

  • directions to the site by public transport or car
  • best season to visit
  • how to view the site
  • birds likely to be seen at that location on a seasonal basis
  • recent sightings nearby from BirdTrack
  • unusual species previously recorded at the site
  • how to submit bird sightings to the Local Bird Recorder and/or to BirdTrack
  • other notable wildlife spectacles to look out for at that location

- access information on each of approx. 550 bird species (extracted from the Club’s landmark publication, Birds of Scotland) and discover the locations where these species are likely to be seen

The app is expected to launch with details of more than 250 individual birding sites across Scotland. New sites will be added on an on-going basis and existing sites updated, as far as possible.

By encouraging and facilitating the recording of birds, the app will help generate valuable conservation data for the protection of Scotland’s species and habitats.

The app will showcase the country's wonderful bird life and wild places and will significantly enhance the visit of any wildlife enthusiast to Scotland. The project is also a wonderful advert for what (largely) volunteers working together can create – the app is the result of a collaboration of effort by the working team (Jane Allison, Martin Cook and Alan Knox) alongside Local Co-ordinators around the country, who assembled a number of Local Contributors in each region to write up handpicked birdwatching locations.

A list of contributors will be published in the June 2019 issue of Scottish Birds.

The development of the app has been financed by The Birds of Scotland Fund with additional support from SOC legacy income and from Glasgow Natural History Society.  

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In furthering the Club's constitutional aims, the SOC has invested a huge amount of time, effort and finance into the app project in order to encourage and enable more people, from across the world, to study, enjoy and help conserve Scotland's wild birds. A donation to the Club's work could allow us to expand the reach of this fantastic resource. 

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