You can find out about our Ayshire branch below.
Monkton Community Church & Pioneer Cafe, Main Street, KA9 2RN (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area).
The following Tuesday evenings. 7pm for a 7.30pm start:
13 Mar 2018 Ben Darvill – Technology, tags and tracks
10 Apr 2018 AGM & Tom Byars – Dynamite in the dunes: A natural history of the Ardeer Peninsula
For at least twelve years now, the branch has organised 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.
Sat 17 Feb 2018
Irvine Harbour & Beach Park. Meet at 10.30am at the old Harbourmaster’s Office, Irvine
Sat 24 Mar 2018
Dumfries House estate & gardens. Meet at 10.30am at Dumfries House car park
Sat 21 Apr 2018
Loch Doon & Ness Glen woodland. Meet at 10.30am at the Roundhouse (Loch Doon)
28 May – 06 Jun 2018
Birds & landscapes of the Dorset coast coach trip
Representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Brian Dodson, John Drummond & Brian Lennox
Newsletter Editor (The Stonechat)/Trips organiser:
Indoor meetings organiser:
Outdoor meetings organiser:
Assistant Ayrshire recorder:
Members are emailed 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 contact us.
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 Bird News (Yahoo group) https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/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.