You can find out about our Borders branch below.
With the ongoing uncertainty on when face-to-face indoor meetings will be able to resume, due to Covid-19, SOC branches will continue with virtual meetings, via Zoom, until April 2022. This is in order to ensure the safety of our members and speakers, and to allow us to plan an online programme of talks that we can be confident of delivering, regardless of where things might stand in relation to the pandemic.
For instructions on how to use Zoom, please click here.
Borders branch talks are normally held on Mondays, but while Covid-19 restrictions remain, the branch will hold its virtual meetings in conjunction with Dumfries and Stewartry branches. The joint sessions will be hosted and managed by Dumfries and will be held on Thursdays.
The following Thursdays at 7.30pm:
Thu 11 Nov Alasdair Lemon – Corn Buntings
Thu 09 Dec Ben Darvill and Scott Mayson – BirdTrack and bird recording
Once indoor meetings resume, they will be held at The Townhouse Hotel, Melrose, TD6 9PQ (click here for a map and directions), though this may change for the 2021/22 season.
The following outings are planned. Further details will be sent to SOC Borders branch members by email, if you have signed up for this (or click here if you haven't already done so).
Sat 20 Nov Lees Haugh and The Hirsel
Further dates will be anounced here in due course.
Secretary and representative of branch on SOC Council :
Bird Report distribution:
Co-opted member of the Exectuive Committee:
Editor of Borders Bird Report:
Other Committe member:
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:
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