You can find out about our Borders branch below.
Our talks programme will resume in autumn 2022; Borders branch talks will be held as a hybrid (online/in-person) programme and details are given below.
For instructions on how to use Zoom, please click here.
Neil Stratton – Preliminary Results from the 2022 Breeding Bird and Waterways Breeding Bird Surveys in the Scottish Borders
Pete Moore – RSPB Insh Marshes (online)
Ciaran Hatsell & Jude Lane – The Gannet (online)
Birds and Us, A 12,000 Year History – Q&A with Tim Birkhead (online)
Mary Colwell & Dave Parrish – The Curlew (online)
Venue for in-person meetings:
The Townhouse, Market Square, Melrose, Borders TD6 9PQ
Branch outings have resumed, and further dates will be announced here in due course. Excursion 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).
Further dates will be announced here in due course.
Secretary and representative of branch on SOC Council :
Dr Gavin Paterson
Vice-chair/Editor of Borders Bird Report:
Joint County Bird Recorder rep:
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:
The branch has a Twitter account and is also on Facebook. This is a public Facebook group, so all posts are available for anyone to see. However, to post you must be a member and answer a couple of very quick questions to get access.
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