• Scotland's Bird Club

    Central Scotland


You can find out about our Central Scotland branch below.

  • Talks

    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.

    An invitation with a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out to the branch's members a few days before the event via email. To receive this notice, please ensure that you are on the appropriate mailing list held by HQ. If you are unsure, you can check your mailing list preferences by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you know you do not receive branch notices but would like to, you can sign up here (please note these will only be sent to SOC members).

    For instructions on how to use Zoom, please click here.

    While Covid-19 restrictions remain, the branch will hold virtual meetings in conjunction with Clyde branch.


    The following Thursdays at 7.30pm:

    Thu 7 Oct            Davide Dominoni – Urban ecology research in Glasgow
    Thu 11 Nov          Rick Taylor – South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project
    Thu 09 Dec          Rick Goater – Charmed by birds: A life enhanced


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    01786 823 830


    Once indoor meetings resume, they will be held at 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

    Please contact Rick Goater for outings details if you don’t receive these by email.                                                   

    No outings are currently planned.  Updates will be provided here in due course.


    Rick Goater 07875 029201 or send Rick an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Branch Committee

    Secretary and Treasurer

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 56 Ochiltree, Dunblane, FK15 0DF, 01786 823 830


    Rick Goater 



    Outdoor Meetings Organiser:


    Committee members:

    Ken Wilkinson, Roger Stewart, Roger Gooch

    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: www.facebook.com/UpperForthBirds or type ‘Upper Forth Birds’ in the search bar
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/upperforthbirds

    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.