• Scotland's Bird Club

    Useful Resources


Links to other bird-related sites

Please note that the SOC is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Scottish organisations, agencies, clubs etc

Coastal fora and partnership

Recent News

Where to Birdwatch information

Newsgroups, discussion groups, Facebook, Twitter etc.

ABZ Rare Birds, NE Scotland Facebook

Angus Birding, Angus & Dundee forum

Ayrshire Birding, Ayrshire bird group

BirdForum, the net’s largest birding community

BirdingLothian, Lothian Twitter

Birdwatching for Beginners, SOC Facebook group

Caithness Birds, SOC Caithness Facebook

Caithness Birds, SOC Caithness Twitter

Clyde Birding, SOC Clyde Twitter

Orkney Birding, Facebook

Upper Forth Bird News, Twitter

Sites with links to more sites (UK-Ireland)

Birds of Britain, a monthly web magazine for birdwatchers

The Fat Birder – Scottish Links, many relevant links

Tina & Duncan MacDonald: Scottish hotspots, tours, events etc, again many links

Sites with links to more sites (world) and trip reports

Weather, Tides, and Maps

Latest UK Weather from the Met Office

BBC Weather – including (rainfall) radar images updated every three hours

Marine Weather - a collection of maritime weather resources

XC Weather – more UK weather information

SOC Site Finder – find places, display recording areas, atlas tetrads etc

Ordnance Survey

UK Street Map – a useful site for finding places (not just streets) on a 1:50,000 OS map

Microsoft Bing Maps – another site-finding utility

Tide Times – UK locations – predictions available months or years ahead

Tide Times by The National Oceanography Centre – tables for the next 28 days

DMAP – distribution mapping software

Other organisations

Research Grants

Art and Photography

Colin Woolf Wildlife Art – original paintings, illustrations, limited edition prints, and cards

Crail Birder – John Anderson’s wildlife photography from Fife and around Scotland

Derek Robertson – wildlife and landscape prints and originals by the Fife-based artist

Island Porcelain Ltd – hand made porcelain bird figures, ideal as gifts or the start of a collection. The pottery is in the village of Kilmory on the Isle of Arran, Scotland

Laurie Campbell Photography – natural history photographer from the Scottish Borders

Rozi’s Gallery – wildlife prints and illustrations from the Isle of Lewis

Bird Identification and Calls

Sounds Natural – Wildlife and countryside CDs including bird songs and calls

xeno-canto – a website sharing bird sounds from around the world

A guide to using xeno-canto – some simple steps to get you started

Birdwatching outside Scotland

Birdingpal – find local birders all over the world to go birdwatching with

Birdwatching Bulgaria – a rough guide to birdwatching and birding in Bulgaria

Birds Canada

Dutch Birding Association

Travel in the UK

Caledonian MacBrayne Hebridian and Clyde Ferries

The Internet Guide to Scotland – a useful starting point – ‘Scotland’s national internet signpost’

The Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society

Scottish Tourist Board

East Lothian links – Aberlady Community website


Wildlife Holidays and Tours

Aigas Field Centre – wildlife, birdwatching, history & nature holidays in the Highlands of Scotland

Birding in Spain – itineraries, maps, checklists etc. in northeast Spain and Mallorca

Bird Watching & Wildlife Club – wildlife breaks in the Cairngorms. Click for Press Release.

Endemic Guides – Malaysia and Singapore Bird Watching and Eco Tours

Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge – birdwatching in Costa Rica

Heatherlea – Scottish birding and wildlife holidays based in Nethybridge

Hebridean Voyages – cruises, pelagics, and tours from Gairloch

Speyside Wildlife – wildlife watching holidays in Scotland, the UK and  overseas

Walking in Etruria – guided wildlife walks in and around the Tuscany region of Italy

Western Isles Wildlife


Advocates for Animals – campaigning against all animal abuse

The British Library Public Catalogue

Living with birds – Bird Food and Care items

Jersey Stamps – shop online for wildlife stamps

Belle the Barn Owl Friend of the Farmer – A YouTube link to the children's book, text by John Miles and artwork by Dan Powell

Trichomonosis in Garden Birds


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.