The award of SOC Fellow is designed to recognise an individual’s outstanding contribution to the objectives of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, as described in the Club’s Constitution. One award will be available every year in each of three categories. Awards are restricted to Club members.
The categories against which nominations will be determined are:
- Contributions over an extended period to the scientific study of birds
- Contributions to the aesthetic and artistic appreciation of birds and wildlife
- Contributions to service and citizenship in advancing and promoting the Club’s interests, including training and education
Nominations are confidential and can be made by any SOC member. The procedure includes completion of a standard form, support from at least three other members, and short written statements. Nominations will be considered by office bearers of the Club, with input, if required, from recent past SOC Presidents and Council’s appointments panel. Proposals must be approved by Trustees and any awards will be made at the Club’s Annual General Meeting.
The SOC Fellowship award is primarily one of recognition, without defined financial benefits. It is hoped that the accolade itself can be received and promoted with pride by Fellows and their peers.
Completed nominations should be submitted using the SOC Fellowship Nomination Form and emailed to the Club Administrator by 14 August for determination in time for the same year’s AGM. Alternatively the form can be posted to SOC, Waterston House, Aberlady EH32 0PY.