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:
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
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 19 Oct 2019
Caerlaverock. Meet at the reserve at 11.00am
15-17 Nov 2019
Leighton Moss trip. Full details at meetings or from Tony Scott
Sat 14 Dec 2019
Maidens. Meet at 10.30am
Sat 25 Jan 2020
Greenan. Meet at 10.00am
Sat 22 Feb 2020
Irvine Harbour. Meet at 10.00am
Sat 21 Mar 2020
Auchincruive. Meet at 10.00am
Fri 24 Apr 2020
Dumfries House. Meet at visitor centre at 10.00am (NB Friday to avoid the crowds)
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 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.