You can find out about our Dumfries branch below.
While social distancing remains in place due to Covid-19, SOC Council has decided that all face-to-face indoor branch meetings should be postponed until the end of our 2020/21 winter talks programme in April 2021, when the situation will be reviewed. This is in order to ensure the safety of our members and speakers.
However, we are pleased to announce that the branch will be running some virtual meetings, via Zoom, and we hope that you will be able to join us.
For instructions on how to use Zoom, please click here.
On the following Wednesdays at 7.30pm:
Weds 9 Dec 2020
Edmund Fellowes - Quiz
Weds 13 Jan 2021
Speaker and title to be announced
Wed 10 Feb 2021
Justin Grant - Back where they belong: Scotland's White-tailed Eagles
Wed 10 Mar 2021
Jeremy Greenwood - Emma Turner: The pioneer woman bird photographer, student of behaviour, author and ringer, who flourished in the early 20th century
14 Apr 2021
Stephen Rutt - Seafarers
Once indoor meetings resume, they will be held at Dumfries Baptist Church Centre, Gillbrae Rd DG1 4EJ (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area).
*UPDATE - following the new 6 person / 2 household rules in Scotland in place from 14 September 2020, all branch outings are on hold until further notice*
For guidance on how branches are managing outings in relation to Covid-19, please click here.
Sat 24th Oct
River Nith around the Whitesands area, led by Edmund Fellowes. Meet at Dock Park at 9.00 am.
Sat 28 Nov
Castle Loch, Lochmaben, led by Drew Davidson. Meet at the Lochfield Cottage car park at 9.30am (adjacent to the A709 just beyond the end of the Lochmaben 30mph zone, heading in the direction of Lockerbie).
Secretary, Treasurer and representative on SOC Council:
Drew Davidson, Christine Dudgeon, Edmund Fellowes, Heather Stevenson, Robin Thomson and Andrew Turney
Dumfries and Galloway recorder:
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Dumfries and Galloway Birding (Yahoo) groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/dumfriesandgallowaybirding
Nearby branches of the SOC
Birdwatching in Dumfries
Click here for a guide of recommended sites to visit and to download a free, full-colour birdwatching guide produced by D&G Council Ranger Service. Or pick up your copy of the guide at evening meetings, for a suggested donation of 50p, while stocks last.
Bird recording in this area
Visit the Dumfries & Galloway recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.