You can find out about our Ayshire branch below.
Our talks programme has now finished for the winter 2021-22 season, and will resume in autumn 2022. Further details will be announced here in due course; talks will be held via Zoom.
For instructions on how to use Zoom, please click here.
Once indoor meetings resume, they will be held at Monkton Community Church & Pioneer Cafe, Main Street, KA9 2RN (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area).
The branch organises their field trips jointly with RSPB Central Ayrshire Local Group and outdoor leader Jim Thomson. There are two coach trips organised annually- one in winter and one in late spring. Members attending our monthly outings will have the benefit of an experienced observer who will be on hand to help with some of the trickier aspects of field identification.
We're pleased to announce that the outings have restarted, and the following excursions are planned:
Wed 25 May
Dumfries House. Meet outside Visitor Centre, KA18 2NJ at 10am
Wed 15 Jun
Loch Doon. Meet at Roundhouse, KA6 7QE at 10am
Representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Newsletter Editor (The Stonechat)/Trips organiser:
Indoor meetings organiser:
Outdoor meetings organiser:
Assistant Ayrshire recorder:
Members who've consented to Local Branch news and events e-communications from SOC, are sent a reminder about forthcoming talks (with more information on the speaker and subject where possible), usually a week or so in advance of the meeting. If you don’t already receive these alerts and would like to, please make sure you've completed a Mailing List Consent Form to allow the Club to contact you. If you've already completed a form, check your junk/spam/clutter folders to make sure our emails aren't landing there. Still nothing? Contact Headquarters as we may not have a correct or up to date email address on file for you.
SOC Ayrshire branch sponsors a local website, www.ayrshire-birding.org.uk, which is a one-stop shop for anything to do with birds and birding in the area – news, sightings, site guides, latest photos and branch activities.
Ayrshire Birding (formerly a Yahoo group and now using Groups.io) https://groups.io/g/AyrshireBirding This shares news of both common and rare birds. This forum also welcomes discussion on the identification of birds in Ayrshire and other relevant birding issues plus other pertinent wildlife, conservation issues and events.
Bird recording in this area
Visit the Ayrshire recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.
‘Ayrshire Birders Abroad’
These popular holidays, organised independently by seasoned tour guide and SOC/RSPB Member Tony Scott, have taken SOC and RSPB members, as well as interested local birders, to a wide variety of places both in Europe and further afield. Please get in touch with Tony Scott as above, if you would like to receive notifications of these trips. Details of future trips are also published in The Stonechat and on the Ayrshire Birding website.