You can find out about our Dumfries 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 the end of 2021 when the situation will be reviewed. 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.
Dumfries branch talks are normally held on Wednesdays, but while Covid-19 restrictions remain, the branch will hold its virtual meetings in conjunction with Borders and Stewartry branches. The joint sessions will be hosted and managed by Dumfries and will be held on Thursdays.
The following Thursdays at 7.30pm:
Thu 09 Sep Ian Bainbridge – Moult in birds: What, why, how and when
Thu 14 Oct Rick Goater – Charmed by birds: A life enhanced
Thu 11 Nov Alasdair Lemon – Corn Buntings
Thu 09 Dec Ben Darvill and Scott Mayson – BirdTrack and bird recording
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:
Christine Dudgeon, Edmund Fellowes, Heather Stevenson, Robin Thomson and Andrew Turney
Dumfries and Galloway recorder:
Members who've consented to Local Branch news and events e-communications from SOC, are sent a reminder about forthcoming talks (with more information on the speaker and subject where possible), usually a week or so in advance of the meeting. If you don’t already receive these alerts and would like to, please make sure you've completed a Mailing List Consent Form to allow the Club to contact you. If you've already completed a form, check your junk/spam/clutter folders to make sure our emails aren't landing there. Still nothing? Contact Headquarters as we may not have a correct or up to date email address on file for you.
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.
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.