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  • Scotland's Bird Club

    Borders

    Headquarters

You can find out about our Borders branch below.

  • Talks

    While social distancing remains in place due to Covid-19, SOC Council has decided that all face-to-face indoor branch meetings should be postponed until at least the end of 2020 when the situation will be reviewed.  This is in order to ensure the safety of our members and speakers. 

    However, the branch will be running some virtual meetings, via Zoom, and we hope that you will be able to join us.

    An invitation with a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out a few days before the event via email.  To receive this notice, please ensure that you are on the appropriate mailing list held by HQ.  If you are unsure, you can check your mailing list preferences by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you know you do not receive branch notices but would like to, you can sign up here.

    For instructions on how to use Zoom, please click here.

    When:

    Borders branch talks are normally held on Mondays, but while Covid-19 restrictions remain, the branch will hold some of its virtual meetings in conjunction with Dumfries branch.  The joint sessions will be hosted and managed by Dumfries who meet on Wednesdays, so please note the different days of the week as specified below.

    Mon 14 Sep 2020      AGM

    Weds 14 Oct 2020     Ben Darvill (BTO) - Tracking Short-eared Owls (with Dumfries)

    Weds 11 Nov 2020    Brian Smith - The Pied Flycatchers of Carstramon Wood (with Dumfries)

    Weds 9 Dec 2020       Edmund Fellowes - Quiz (with Dumfries)
    OR
    Mon 14 Dec 2020     
    Borders branch quiz (Monday)

    Further dates and speakers will be announced here in due course.

    Contact:

    Neil Stratton 01573 450695 or send Neil an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Venue:

    Once indoor meetings resume, they will be held at The Townhouse Hotel, Melrose, TD6 9PQ (click here for a map and directions)

  • Outings

    No outings are currently planned, due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Updates will be provided here in due course.

    Contact:

    Neil Stratton 01573 450695 or send Neil an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Branch Committee

    Secretary and representative of branch on SOC Council :

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Heiton Mains, Heiton, Kelson, TD5 8JR

    Chair and Treasurer:

    Martin Moncrieff

    Bird Report distribution:

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    Co-opted member of the Exectuive Committee:

    David Parkinson

    Borders recorders:

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  • Other Information

    Talks and outings 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. A similar reminder service operates for outings. 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.

    AGM minutes, Chairman's Report and Annual Accounts

    Please click on the links below:

    2019 AGM minutes

    Chairman's Report September 2020

    Financial Statement 2019-2020

    Forums/News Group:

    A change is taking place with Borders SOC Bird News Group, more information will be provided soon. 

    Discussion Group:

    Borders Discussion Group meets from September to March on a Monday evening (usually the Monday after the branch meeting) in Melrose. The meetings are usually announced on the Borders Bird News Forum and are open to anyone wishing to attend.

    Birdwatching in the area

    Click here for a guide of recommended sites to visit in the Borders and to download the branches’ free, full-colour birdwatching guide to the area.

    Click here for our guide to Birdwatching on the Berwickshire coast

    Bird recording in the area

    Visit the Borders recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.

    South-East Scotland Bird Atlas

    Find out more here.

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SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.