• 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:

    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

    Contact:

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    0141 773 4329

  • Outings

    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. 

     

    Contact:

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

  • Branch Committee

    Secretary:

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    Chairperson:

    Vacant (nominations welcome)

    Vice Chairperson:

    Bernie Zonfrillo

    Treasurer:

    David Clugston (position vacant- nominations welcome)

    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 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
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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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