• Scotland's Bird Club

    Clyde

    Headquarters

You can find out about our Clyde branch below. 

  • Talks

    Evening talks programme
    Venue:

    Zoology Department, Graham Kerr Building, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area).

    When:

    The following Mondays at 7.30pm:

    That's it for this season - details of next season's talk will be added shortly!

    Contact:

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    0141 773 4329

  • Outings

    Monday 30 April from 10am until approx. 3pm: East Loch Lomond oak woods: Ross Wood & Sallochy Wood

    For this outing we head to the shores of East Loch Lomond to explore its beautiful oak woodlands. These oak woods regularly hold good numbers of summer migrants such as Wood Warbler, Redstart, Tree Pipit as well as the more common Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap. Pied Flycatchers are also present but in much smaller numbers. The end of April and beginning of May are good times to see and hear these birds before the leaf canopy becomes too dense.

    Plan for the day
    Our leader for the day will be Ian Fulton, Clyde Branch Secretary. 

    From the car park we’ll walk north along the loch side through Ross Wood to a shingle beach and then return by the same route. After lunch (please bring your own packed lunch and flask), which we’ll have back at the car park, we’ll then walk south to Sallochy Wood and return by the same route. This is an outing for members (non-members are welcome to come along and sample an outing) of all birdwatching abilities and there will be several experienced birdwatchers present to help with identification (if required). 

    Binoculars would be a good addition for this walk if you have them, but there may be some available to borrow if not. 
     
    Fancy joining us?
    As before, booking isn’t essential but it would be helpful to let us know if you intend to come along. Please provide your email address and mobile number at the time of booking in case of any last minute changes to the programme. For this outing, please book directly with Ian via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07785 354619. 

    Meeting place
    We’ll be meeting at 10am in at the Forestry Commission car park at Sallochy Bay grid reference NS 380958. This is about 4 miles north of Balmaha village. Please note that this is a ‘pay & display’ car park so you will need to purchase an all-day parking ticket (£3 at time of writing). 

    There is no public transport service to the meeting place so if you’d like to come along but don’t have your own transport, it might be possible to have someone meet you at Balloch railway station. Anyone wishing to be met at Balloch station must inform Ian of this at least 5 days before the outing date. Would any car drivers who would be willing to pick someone up at the station please also kindly contact Ian. 

    Toilet facilities are available in the car park. 

    What to bring?
    Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear.  

    Accessibility
    This outing is all easy walking on good paths with the occasional short muddy or steep section. 

    Contact:

    Ian Fulton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07785 354619

  • Branch Committee

    Secretary:

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    Chairperson:

    Vacant (nominations welcome)

    Vice Chairperson:

    Bernie Zonfrillo

    Treasurer:

    Liz Parsons 

    Representative of the branch on SOC Council:

    Iain Gibson

    Committee members:

    Liz Parsons, Toby Wilson, Sandra Hutchinson, David Palmar, Iain Gibson, Sandy McNeil and Fiona McLean

    Ex officio members:

    Val Wilson

    Clyde recorder:

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    Clyde Assistant recorder:

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    Clyde Islands recorder:

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    Argyll recorder:

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  • Other Information

    Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) on the Clyde Estuary

    The national WeBS is organised by the BTO, and in Scotland coordinated by the SOC. In the Clyde area we have had excellent coverage for many years, but recently there has been a marked decline due to a shortage of volunteer counters. The most important site urgently in need of new counters is the Clyde Estuary, which requires a team of at least 12 regular volunteers and several reserve counters. The Clyde Branch has been coordinating monthly bird counts of the estuary for the past 45 years, with a break only in 1978 due to shortage of volunteers in that year. Two of our current team of volunteers have been counting throughout that entire period!  If you are interested in joining the team either as a regular or stand-in volunteer, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the Clyde area organiser, John Clark. John can provide helpful guidance on how best to survey individual sectors, and the count methodology. He can also arrange for you to shadow an existing counter to gain experience. We are also looking for additional volunteers to take on a number of freshwater sites. Adopting a regular patch can be an enjoyable and very rewarding experience, as well as making an important ‘citizen science’ contribution to the conservation of our local wild bird populations.

    For more information on the Wetland Bird Survey see  http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/webs.

    Branch grapevine:

    To subscribe to Clyde branch’s (member-only) daily Grapevine email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Val Wilson. As well as sharing notable bird sightings from across the region, Grapevine incorporates images of birds and other wildlife, shares details of forthcoming branch meetings and also alerts members to national and local environmental notices and potential developments that might threaten a site.

    Social media:

    Facebook: Type ‘Clydebirds’ in the Facebook search bar

    Minutes from the 2017 Clyde Branch AGM

    Click here to download a copy of the minutes from the recent Clyde Branch AGM.

    A Guide to Bird Watching in the Clyde Area
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    This publication is now sold out, however, a reference copy is available in the George Waterston Library at SOC HQ.

    Bird recording in this area

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

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