You can find out about our Borders branch below.
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 the end of our 2020/21 winter talks programme in April 2021, 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.
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 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.
Weds 9 Dec 2020
Edmund Fellowes - Quiz
Weds 13 Jan 2021
Speaker and title to be announced
Wed 10 Feb 2021
Justin Grant - Back where they belong: Scotland's White-tailed Eagles
Wed 10 Mar 2021
Jeremy Greenwood - Emma Turner: The pioneer woman bird photographer, student of behaviour, author and ringer, who flourished in the early 20th century
Mon 12 Apr 2021
Borders Branch AGM
Once indoor meetings resume, they will be held at The Townhouse Hotel, Melrose, TD6 9PQ (click here for a map and directions)
No outings are currently planned, due to Covid-19 restrictions. Updates will be provided 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:
A change is taking place with Borders SOC Bird News Group, more information will be provided soon.
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