• 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

Forth Estuary Forum

Moray Firth Partnership

Solway Firth Partnership

Concern for Swifts (Scotland)

Fair Isle Bird Observatory

The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group Scotland (FWAG)

Fife Bird Club

Forth Seabird Group – seabird monitoring in the Firth of Forth

Friends of the Earth Scotland

Galloway Red Kite Trail

Glasgow City Council biodiversity site

Glasgow Natural History Society

Sustainable Tourism – in Scotland

Habitat – Wildlife and environmental news

Highland Foundation for Wildlife – includes projects on Osprey and Honey Buzzard

Isle of May Bird Observatory

Machrihanish Seabird & Wildlife Observatory

Montrose Basin

Mountaineering Council of Scotland – ‘nesting birds and climbing’ information sheet

Mullbirds Online – birdwatching on the Isle of Mull, and the Isle of Mull Bird Report

National Museums of Scotland

National Trust for Scotland (NTS)

St Kilda

Nature in Shetland

NatureScot (formerly SNH)

North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory

Paisley Natural History Society

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in Scotland

Scotland’s National Nature Reserves

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Scottish Environment LINK

Scottish Excecutive, use the site’s search facility for ‘birds’

Scottish Parliament, again use the site’s search facility for ‘birds’

Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick

Scottish Raptor Study Groups (SRSG)

Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT)

Shetland Bird Club

Skye Birds

Tay Ringing Group


Western Isles Wildlife

Woodland Trust Scotland

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

birding.uk.com, a directory of birding links for the UK

The Wildlife Web, Conoco Natural History Centre (Aberdeen) site with many pages and links

Where do you want to go birding in Scotland today?, again many links

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

Weather, Tides, and Maps

Current UK weather conditions

Latest UK Weather from the Met Office

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

Wind directions

XC Weather – more UK weather information

Ordnance Survey

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

Multimap – another site-finding utility

Tide Times by Mobile Geographics LLC

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

Tide Times by Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory – tables for current week

DMAP – distribution mapping software

Other organisations

African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA)

Alnwick and District Natural History Society

The Barn Owl Conservation Network

BBC Nature

BBC Scotland the Wild

Birders Unite – worldwide bird news, articles, pictures, etc

Birdillustrators.com – the best web site for bird art on the net

BirdWatch Ireland – the BirdLife International Partner for the Republic of Ireland

British Birds magazine

British Birds Rarities Committee

British Ornithologists’ Club (BOC)

British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU)

British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)


form to report a ring you have found

Countryside Jobs Service

Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology

Energy Saving Trust in Scotland

European Ornithologists’ Union (EOU)

European Union for Bird Ringing (EURING) – includes EURING code list

European ringing and migration studies

Fatbirder Webring – The Fatbirder (UK) Birding Webring is a collection of quality birding web sites that are based in the United Kingdom

List of all sites in the ring

Random site in the ring

Add your site to the ring

IPMR – Integrated Population Monitoring Reporter, including how to record colour-ringed birds

Irish Birding

Irish Rare Birds Committee (including The Irish List)

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)

Seabird 2000

Waterbirds around the World

UK Biodiversity

National Biodiversity Network – including Recorder 2000 software


Natural History Museum – ornithology section

library – includes on-line catalogue search

Nature Navigator

Osprey Project – including news of satellite-tracked birds and records of migrants

Rare Breeding Birds Panel

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA) including Animal Helpline Numbers

Seabird Group

UK Biodiversity

UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) – Wildlife and Countryside

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Worldwide Ornithological Literature (WOL)

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

Frank Stark’s Natural Wonders – nature photography from the Western Isles

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

Scotland in Colour – featuring bird photos from around the country

Wildlife Art Prints – prints and originals by David Miller

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

Dutch Birding Association

Travel in the UK

Caledonian MacBrayne Hebridian and Clyde Ferries

The Internet Guide to Scotland – a useful starting point

Scotland.org – ‘Scotland’s national internet signpost’

The Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society

Scottish Tourist Board

East Lothian links

Aberlady.org – 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

Kibbutz Lotan Centre for Birdwatching – birds, birdwatching and birding tours in Israel

Lifers and Twitchers – Southern African bird tours

Nature Tours in Spain – Blog and general information on nature watching in Spain

Oliva Rama Tours – wildlife holidays and short breaks in Spain

Raptor Retreats –guided birding tours that support raptor conservation projects in the destinations visited.

Shetland Nature Cruises

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

Bird Books Direct – online store specialising in new and secondhand bird books

The British Library Public Catalogue

CamNest – bird boxes with built-in cameras

Living with birds – Bird Food and Care items

Jersey Stamps – shop online for wildlife stamps

Zoological Nomenclature Resource

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.