You can find out about our Clyde branch below.
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.
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Clyde branch talks are normally held on Mondays, but while Covid-19 restrictions remain, the branch will hold virtual meetings in conjunction with Central Scotland, and will be held on Thursdays.
The following Thursdays at 7.30pm:
Thu 11 Nov Rick Taylor – South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project
Thu 09 Dec Rick Goater – Charmed by birds: A life enhanced
Once indoor meetings resume, details of the venue will be announced here.
Meet at the venue at 10.00am unless otherwise specified. If you want a lift or can offer one, please contact David Palmar in advance. Bring a packed lunch. Excursion details will be sent to SOC Clyde branch members by email, if you have signed up for this (or click here if you haven't already done so).
Sun 14 Nov Hogganfield Loch
Meet at Hogganfield Loch car park ( Grid Ref NS638671 / Postcode G33 1QB) at 9.30am. Approx. end time 12.30-13.00; there is the option to stay on later (see below). We are not asking participants to book, but if many people turn up, we may have to split into smaller groups. Terrain: Hogganfield - tarmac; Frankfield - tarmac, good paths and some uneven ground. Optics: Binoculars essential and preferably a scope if people are able to carry it for about 1 mile. Footwear and Clothing: Walking boots/trek shoes ideally, and appropriate clothing for the conditions. Optionally, it is the intention to visit other areas within the Bishop Loch/Gartloch area after Frankfield. All welcome and it is suggested a packed lunch/drinks and wellies are brought if staying on. NB: May be postponed due to poor weather. Check the SOC website and /or SOC Grapevine the night before if in doubt.
Chairperson and representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Emma Anderson, Rebecca Dickson, Iain Gibson, Sandy McNeil, Fiona McLean, David Palmar, Andrew Russell, Kevin Sinclair, Donald Wilson and Toby Wilson.
Ex officio members:
Clyde Assistant recorder:
Clyde Islands recorder:
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 2021 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