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    Scottish Birds - SOC's Journal


Publishing original material, articles, notices, branch and Club news, along with up to date information on birds in Scotland (including reports of rare and scarce bird sightings), our members tell us that Scottish Birds is one of the key benefits of belonging to the SOC.

Scottish Birds is the quarterly journal for SOC members and is published in March, June, September and December annually in hard copy format. Considered to be a leading authority on Scottish ornithology, Scottish Birds offers readers the complete story of birds in Scotland and acts as a channel of communication for SOC members.

Its different sections have been developed to meet the wide needs of the birdwatching community and it's a firm favourite amongst photographers for its first-class photography.

To judge the quality of the publication for yourself, take a sneak peek of the latest issue or download a recent sample issue. If you'd like to receive a hard copy sample issue in the post, click here.


Scottish Birds Editorial team:

Co-ordinating editor:

Ian Andrews

Peer-reviewed papers:

Dr Stan da Prato

Assisted by:

Dr I. Bainbridge, Dr M. Marquiss, R. Swann, Dr W. Miles & Dr C. R. McKay

Articles, news and views:

Dr Stuart L. Rivers & Harry Scott (Long-standing articles editor, Jimmy Maxwell, sadly passed away suddenly but peacefully at his home on Saturday 15th August 2020)

Contributions to Scottish Birds

Material for contribution should be sent to Wendy Hicks at SOC HQ. Ideally contributions should be submitted by email or on disc, but typed or handwritten material is also fine. For more information on contributing, please read our advice to contributors

Passing on your feedback to the Editors

Please send this c/o Waterston House, Aberlady, East Lothian, EH32 0PY or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Subscribe to Scottish Birds today

Join us today to receive your copy of Scottish Birds every quarter or contact us if you would like more information about membership. If your Library or Institution would like to subscribe please contact us. The current rate is £60 annually (for delivery to all non-UK addresses a £15 postage supplement applies). To renew your Library or Institution membership, please click here.  

Scottish Birds online

Older back issues of the journal can now be downloaded in a searchable PDF format, click here to start searching. Recent back issues of the journal are available for purchase from Waterston House, SOC Headquarters, at £7 each plus p&p.

Scottish Bird News

In summer 2009, the Club decided to incorporate its members’ magazine and journal, Scottish Bird News, along with the independent Birding Scotland, into a single publication under the Scottish Birds cover. Back issues of Scottish Bird News are still available to download.


SOC brings 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.