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  • Scotland's Bird Club

    Ayrshire

    Headquarters

You can find out about our Ayshire branch below. 

  • Talks

    Venue:

    Monkton Community Church & Pioneer Cafe, Main Street, KA9 2RN (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area).

    When:

    The following Tuesday evenings. 7pm for a 7.30pm start:

    10 Sep 2019 

    Ben Darvill – Short-eared Owl survey feedback

    08 Oct 2019 

    Rick Taylor – Reinforcing South of Scotland’s Golden Eagle population

    12 Nov 2019 

    Mick Durham – Shetland wildlife

    10 Dec 2019 

    Tara Proud – Protecting Scotland’s marine life: From plastic pollution to sustainable seafood

    14 Jan 2020 

    James Black – Small game hunting: A look at nature at ground level

    11 Feb 2020 

    Paula Baker – RSPB Loch Lomond

    10 Mar 2020 

    Jim Cassels – Forty years of the Arran Bird Report

    14 Apr 2020

    AGM & Tom Byars – A Tiger’s tale: The story of the Cape May Warbler

    Contact:

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 01292 541981

  • Outings

    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.

    Details of further outings to be added shortly. 

    Contact:

    For outings and to arrange car share contact Jim Thomson 01292 571889 or Anne Dick 01292 541981 or send Anne an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For coach trips please contact Tony Scott on 01292 281085 or send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Branch Committee

    Secretary:

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Rowanmyle House, Tarbolton, Mauchline, KA5 5LU, Tel 01292 541981

    Chair

    Brian Lennox

    Vice Chair

    Andy Shand

    Representative of the branch on SOC Council:

    David Rackham

    Treasurer:

    John Drummond

    Environmental Advisor:

    Roger Hissett

    Newsletter Editor (The Stonechat)/Trips organiser:

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    Indoor meetings organiser:

    Brian Dodson

    Outdoor meetings organiser:

    Jim Thomson

    Hon. President:

    Norman Lawrie

    Ayrshire recorder:

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    Assistant Ayrshire recorder:

    Angus Hogg

  • Other Information

    Talks reminders:

    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.

    Branch newsletter:

    The Stonechatclick here to download the latest issue (September 2018) of the branch newsletterThe publication comes out twice a year in February and September. Subscribers are emailed a PDF version of the newsletter. If you would like to receive The Stonechat directly to your inbox, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Website:

    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.

    Forum/News group:

    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.

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