You can find out about our Borders branch below.
The Townhouse Hotel, Melrose, TD6 9PQ (click here for a map and directions)*
The following Monday evenings at 7.30pm:
12 Nov 2018 Norman Elkins – Birding the Balearics
10 Dec 2018 Members’ Night
14 Jan 2019 Malcolm Ross – Birds and mammals in Gujarat, India
11 Feb 2019 Peter Mawby – The distance between: The significance of territory in the lives and survival of birds
11 Mar 2019 Martin Cook – Moray’s birds: A century of change
08 Apr 2019 AGM & social evening
Wed 10 Oct 2018
Kinneil Nature Reserve and Linlithgow Loch. Meet at car park, Snab Lane, Bo’ness (NS985811) at 11.00am
Sat 17 Nov 2018
Dunbar Quarry, Barns Ness and Skateraw. Meet at White Sands car park (NT709772) at 10.00am
Sat 16 Feb 2019
Mellerstain circular. Meet at Mellerstain Mill (NT651381) at 10.00am
Sat 23 Mar 2019
Sprouston to Carham. Meet at Sprouston at 10.00am
Wed 24 Apr 2019
Druridge Bay. Meet at East Ord Garden Centre for car sharing at 9.30am
Sat 18 May 2019
Ashiestiel and Glenkinnon Burn. Meet at Forestry Commission car park (NT437350) at 10.00am
Secretary and representative of branch on SOC Council :
David Parkinson and Martin Moncrieff
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.
Borders SOC Bird News Group (Yahoo) http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/bordersbirdnews to keep up with the latest sightings and to make general comments and observations. To join the group visit: groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bordersbirdnews and then click on “Join Group”. Note that you will be prompted to sign in to your Yahoo email account or to create one.
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
Lothian and Borders regions joined forces to run a local Bird Atlas project in parallel with BTO’s Bird Atlas 2007-11. Over 445,000 records were gathered over the six year period and a great deal of detailed analysis has now been undertaken. The aim is to publish the Birds in South-east Scotland 2007-13 in 2018, and there will be a pre-publication offer via the SOC. Click here to visit the South-East Scotland Bird Atlas website.