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 Nov 2018 Jeremy Brock – Overland to the Caucasus for birds
11 Dec 2018 Gordon Rae – Iceland and Eagles of Norway
08 Jan 2019 Tom Hastings – Bats around Ayrshire
12 Feb 2019 Edmund Fellowes – Two island bird observatories: From Isle of May to Bardsey
12 Mar 2019 Peadar O’Connell – RSPB’s seabird conservation work: Tackling national and international challenges
09 Apr 2019 AGM & Tom Byars – Strawberry fields forever
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.
Sat 20 Oct 2018
Three day/two night coach trip, date and further details to be announced
Sat 15 Dec 2018
Sat 26 Jan 2019
Greenan and Doonfoot
Sat 23 Feb 2019
Maidens and Culzean (or Dipple)
Sat 23 Mar 2019
Fullarton Woods and Troon Harbour
Fri 19 Apr 2019
Loch Doon and Ness Glen
Coach holiday week, date and further details to be announced
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 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 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.