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  • Scotland's Bird Club

    Clyde

    Headquarters

You can find out about our Clyde branch below. 

  • Talks

    Evening talks programme
    Venue:

    Lecture Theatre 2, Graham Kerr Building, Glasgow University, G12 8QQ. This venue may change for 2020 talks - please check back here for further information.

    When:

    The following Mondays at 7.30pm:

    04 Nov 2019

    Mick Durham – Shetland wildlife

    02 Dec 2019 * Note change to advertised programme 

    Chris Waltho - Tramping the tundra - surveying arctic birds

    06 Jan 2020 

    Bernie Zonfrillo – Gannets from Ailsa Craig and beyond

    03 Feb 2020  

    Tom Churchyard – Access all areas: How we successfully removed invasive Black Rats from the Shiant Isles

    02 Mar 2020 

    Phil Taylor – Seafood, sustainability and the future of Scotland’s seas   

    06 Apr 2020 

    AGM & speaker to be announced

    Contact:

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  • 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 except for GMRC visit. Excursion details will be sent by email, if you have signed up for this.

    Sun 17 Nov 2019         

    RSPB Loch Leven (David Palmar/RSPB)

    Thu 13 Feb 2020          

    Tour of Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC) Booking essential. Meet at 10.15am for 10.30am tour (Ann Ainsworth)

    Sun 8 Mar 2020            

    Linlithgow Loch (David Palmar)

    Sat 2 May 2020            

    RSPB Loch Lomond. Booking essential. Meet at 9.30am (Ian Fulton)

    Sat 23 May 2020          

    Great Cumbrae. Meet at Largs ferry slip for 10.15am ferry (Eddie Williams)

    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:

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

    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 2018 Clyde Branch AGM

    Click here to download a copy of the minutes from the recent Clyde Branch AGM.

    Outings report

    Click here to read about the branch's recent outing to East Loch Lomond's beautiful oak woodlands in April 2018. 

    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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