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.
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.
The following Thursdays at 7.30pm:
Thu 9 Dec
Rick Goater – Charmed by birds: A life enhanced
Thu 6 Jan
Will Cresswell - Palearctic-African songbird migration
Thu 10 Feb
Hywel Maggs - Cranes breeding in Scotland
Thu 10 Mar
BTO (speaker to be announced) - To catch a flycatcher: Ongoing BTO work to remotely track migrant passerines on their travels
Thu 14 Apr
Lev Parikian - Why do birds suddenly disappear?
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 12 Dec Castle Semple Loch and RSPB Lochwinnoch
9.30am-12.30pm approx. Meet at 9.30am Castle Semple car park (Grid Ref NS357590 / Postcode PA12 4EA) and walk to the nearby RSPB Reserve, just over half a mile away. We are not asking participants to book, but if many people turn up, we may have to split into smaller groups. Tarmac & gravel paths (the one at the Barr Loch may be a bit muddy), all on level ground. Binoculars essential and preferably a scope but please be prepared to carry it for about ½ mile to RSPB Lochwinnoch and back again. Walking boots/trek shoes are ideal, and wear appropriate clothing for the conditions. NB: May be postponed due to poor weather. If in doubt, please check SOC website and Clyde Birding on Twitter in advance.
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