You can find out about our Clyde branch below.
We're delighted to share details of the meetings season (September 2023 - April 2024) for members to enjoy.
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.
Please note: in order to cover room and equipment hire costs, there will be an entrance fee of £3 (£1 for students and for others at the discretion of the committee); there will be no additional charge for tea, coffeee and biscuits. It would be very helpful if you could bring with you the exact amount of £3. We do not have any debit card handling facility.
Monday 4 December 2023
Stan da Prato – Warblers in Scotland and beyond (in-person)
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.
Monday 8 January 2024
John Simpson – Developing watchpoints for the Clyde area's most dynamic species (in-person)
In his talk, John Simpson, Bird Recorder for Clyde, will help birdwatchers of all abilities to see some of the special species the area has to offer.
Wednesday 17 January 2024
Q & A with Prof. Tim Birkhead & Prof. Neil Metcalfe – The Great Auk (online). For further information, please click here.
Monday 5 February 2024
George Smith – Peregrines, PIT tags and papers (in-person)
Wednesday 21 February 2024
Ros Green, Claudia Tapia & speaker TBA – Tracking birds' movements (online). For further information, please click here.
Monday 4 March 2024
David Clugston – Getting started birdwatching Workshop (in-person). Places limited, booking required
With over 70 years’ birdwatching under his belt, who better to present this workshop than David Clugston. David will discuss the basics of optics, field guides, apps, and clothing, as well as how to identify birds with an understanding of jizz, habitat, calls, song and field craft.
Wednesday 20 March 2024
Dr. Phil Atkinson, Dr. Jude Lane & speaker TBA (NatureScot) – Avian flu (online). For further information, please click here.
Monday 1 April 2024
AGM & Iain Livingstone – Bird ringing in Clyde (in-person)
Wednesday 17 April 2024
Helen Aiton, Michal Jezierski & Kevin and Mike Sinclair – SOC Endowment Fund Projects (online). For further information, please click here.
Venue for in-person meetings:
The Garnethill Room, Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JP (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area)
Further information about each walk (including when and where to meet, terrain, and what birds you might see) are provided on the Birds in Clyde website.
Sat 16 Dec Hogganfield Loch. More details can be found here
Sat 13 Jan RSPB Lochwinnoch. More details can be found here
Sat 24 Feb Drumpellier Country Park. More details can be found here
Chairperson and representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Emma Anderson, Ian Fulton, Kevin McCormick, Sandy McNeil, Fiona McLean, David Palmar, Andrew Russell, Kevin Sinclair, Donald Wilson and Toby Wilson.
Ex officio members:
John Simpson, John Sweeney, Val Wilson
Clyde Assistant recorder:
Clyde Islands recorder:
Birds in Clyde, Clyde Branch Website
Take a look at the website here.
A fantastic new resource for anyone interested in birds and birding in the Clyde area has taken flight! There is much to explore, discover and delight, but what's sure to prove one of the most popular pages on the platform, Recent Sightings https://www.birdsinclyde.scot/recent-sightings.html catalogues the many and varied ways to keep abreast of bird sightings in the region - from WhatsApp, to email, to social media. There’s also a handy step-by-step guide as to how to record and report the birds you see, and a host of useful resources associated with this. For anyone keen to get more involved with the Branch and other activities locally, a list of projects and a wealth of suggestions await under the ‘Get Involved’ tab. Across the website, the birdlife of the Clyde is brought to life both visually and artistically with stunning photographs from local members gracing each of the pages, and the striking artworks of Tommy Daniels peeking out in places.
The site will continue to grow and be regularly updated. Details of any updates/latest news will be posted on the platform's home page.
A massive congratulations to Clyde SOC! The website was designed and developed after a huge effort by Branch volunteers Emma Anderson, Zul Bhatia, Rebecca Dickson and in particular, Kevin McCormick, who was the technical and development lead.
Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) on the Clyde Estuary
For more information on the Wetland Bird Survey see http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/webs.
Facebook: Type ‘Clydebirds’ in the Facebook search bar. Twitter: @clydebirding
Minutes from the 2023 Clyde Branch AGM
Please click here to download a copy.
‘Boxes for Barnies’
Clyde Branch have launched a new initiative to create nest boxes for breeding Barn Owls in the Lochwinnoch area with the hope of boosting the species' numbers and recovery in the region. Branch members are working closely with the local community to recruit volunteers to construct, install and help monitor the boxes, as well as approaching local landowners to host a box on their property. Find out more about the project here.
A Guide to Bird Watching in the Clyde Area
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