You can find out about our Clyde branch below.
Evening talks programme
Zoology Department, Graham Kerr Building, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area).
The following Mondays at 7.30pm:
05 Mar 2018 Bob McGowan – A moving experience: The installation of the NMS bird collections in a new building at Granton, Edinburgh
02 Apr 2018 AGM & speaker to be announced
0141 773 4329
Thursday 1 March 2018
Branch outing to RSPB Baron's Haugh
We're delighted to invite branch members along to our first Clyde Branch outing in a number of years! We hope this will be the first of many excursions for the branch and have several more (weekend and weekday) outings in the planning to explore some of Clyde's finest birdwatching locations. We kick things off with an excursion to Baron's Haugh, an RSPB nature reserve on the edge of Motherwell. With a rich mosaic of different habitats including, primarily, wetland areas alongside extensive grasslands and woodlands, Baron's Haugh attracts an abundance and diverse range of birds and other wildlife.
Plan for the day
On arrival, we'll be met by Reserve Warden Mark Mitchell, who'll set the scene with a brief introduction to the site before handing over to branch members and local experts, Jimmy Maxwell and Lang Stewart, our leaders for the day.
We expect to spend some time birdwatching from one or more of the four hides which look out over the haugh. These are well-placed to spot waders, swans and ducks from. We'll then walk about three or so miles around the reserve and the adjacent Dalzell Estate Woods. We'll be hoping to see plenty of waders, ducks and passerines and if we're lucky, possibly a Tawny Owl in the woods.
This outing is for birdwatchers of all abilities and there will be several experienced birdwatchers present to help with identification (if required). If you have a scope, bring it along, although don’t worry if you haven’t one – there will be some available to have a look through. Don't forget your camera as there's likely to be some nice photo opportunities.
Fancy joining us?
Please contact Branch Committee Member David Palmar, as below, to express your interest in coming, or indeed if you can no longer make it. Should the outing have to be cancelled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, HQ staff will endeavour to email members to advise.
Saturday 24 March from 11am until approx. 2pm
Ardmore Wildlife Walk a joint excursion between SOC Clyde and SWT Glasgow Group.
Vacant (nominations welcome)
David Clugston (position vacant- nominations welcome)
Representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Liz Parsons, Toby Wilson, Sandra Hutchinson, David Palmar, Iain Gibson, Sandy McNeil and Fiona McLean
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
Minutes from the 2016 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
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