• Scotland's Bird Club

    Central Scotland


You can find out about our Central Scotland branch below.

  • Talks

    We're delighted to share details of the meetings season (September 2023 - April 2024) for members to enjoy. This year's programme will be a held as a hybrid (online/in-person) programme. 

    More information about each meeting will be emailed to members around a week in advance of the event. To receive these emails (including Zoom joining instructions and workshop booking information, where applicable), you must be signed up to the Branch News & Events - Talks & Workshops mailing list.



    Wednesday 13 December 2023
    Prof. Debbie Pain – Lead from ammunition: A toxic problem affecting birds and other animals (online). For further information, please click here.     

    Wednesday 17 January 2024
    Q & A with Prof. Tim Birkhead & Prof. Neil Metcalfe – The Great Auk (online). For further information, please click here

    Thursday 8 February 2024 (NB change of origianlly advertised date of 1 February)
    Eilidh McNab Raptor identification and fieldcraft Workshop (in-person). Booking required - places limited

    Sparrowhawk or Goshawk? Buzzard or Honey Buzzard? Golden Eagle or White-tail? Is it definitely a raptor?!? Join Eilidh McNab for a workshop on raptor identification, including some hints and tips on the best places to see some of our iconic species, and a discussion of some of their fascinating behaviours. 

    Wednesday 21 February 2024
    Ros Green, Claudia Tapia & Speaker TBA – Tracking birds' movements (online). For further information, please click here.

    Thursday 7 March 2024
    Mark Newell – Isle of May Storm Petrels and recent seabird discoveries (in-person)

    Seabird expert and Field Manager Mark Newell describes the discovery of the most southerly Storm Petrel colony on the east coast, where breeding was finally proved in 2021. What have we learned since then? Mark's talk will also consider the effect of avian influenza on the seabirds of the Forth.

    Wednesday 20 March 2024
    Dr. Phil Atkinson, Dr. Jude Lane & speaker TBA (NatureScot) – Avian flu (online). For further information, please click here.

    Wednesday 17 April 2024
    Helen Aiton, Michal Jezierski & Kevin and Mike Sinclair – SOC Endowment Fund Projects (online). For further information, please click here.


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    01786 823 830


    In-person meetings will be held in the General Purpose Room, The Allan Centre, Fountain Road, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4AT (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area). This is on the doorstep of the University of Stirling and students are always very welcome to attend!

  • Outings

    Outings details will be sent to SOC Central Scotland branch members by email, if you have signed up for these (or click here if you haven't already done so). Alternatively please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                               

    Sat 9 Dec                          
    Loch Lomond & Ardmore Point

    January (date TBA)           
    New Year Bird count

    February (date TBA)         
    Loch Leven

    14-20 March                    
    Islay (long weekend). Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to join him for a few days; participants would need to book their own travel and accommodation.


    Neil Bielby 01786 823 830 or send Neil an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Branch Committee

    Secretary and Treasurer

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    Rick Goater 


    Eilidh McNab (co-opted)

    Outdoor Meetings Organiser:


    Committee members:

    Roger Gooch, Roger Stewart, Danni Thompson, Billy Thomson, Ken Wilkinson

    Upper Forth recorder:

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    Assistant recorder:

     Neil Bielby (as above)

  • 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.

    Social media:

    Facebook: or type ‘Upper Forth Birds’ in the search bar

    Branch newsletter

    Central Scotland branch's newsletter Whinchat is periodically emailed to branch members and includes details of branch talks, outings and activities locally as well as summaries of recent outings and other branch-related news. Read the latest issue here. Archive issues can be found here.

    Birdwatching in the area

    Click here for a guide to Birdwatching the Upper Forth

    The Birds of Clackmannanshire

    For the first time ever, the birdlife of Clackmannanshire has been systematically recorded to produce an ornithological atlas for the County. Click here to read more about it.

    Bird recording

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


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.