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  • Scotland's Bird Club

    Clyde

    Headquarters

You can find out about our Clyde 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.

    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.

    When:

    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

    Contact:

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    Venue:

    Once indoor meetings resume, details of the venue will be announced here.

  • Outings

    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.

    Contact:

    David Palmar by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Branch Committee

    Secretary:

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    Chairperson and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

    Zul Bhatia

    Treasurer:

    Liz Parsons 

    Committee members:

    Emma Anderson, Rebecca Dickson, Iain Gibson,  Sandy McNeil, Fiona McLean, David Palmar, Andrew Russell, Kevin Sinclair, Donald Wilson and Toby Wilson.

    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. 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
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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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