You can find out about our Fife 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.
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Fife branch talks are normally held on Wednesdays, but while Covid-19 restrictions remain, the branch will hold virtual meetings in conjunction with Tayside branch. Meetings will alternate between Wednesdays and Thursdays until indoor sessions resume. The meetings will start at 7.00pm for participants to log in, a meet and greet and What’s About Chat, and the talks will start at 7.30pm.
The following days from 7.00pm:
Thu 07 Oct Rick Taylor – South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project
Wed 10 Nov Nina O’Hanlon – Birds and debris
Thu 02 Dec Members’ Night, including a short talk by Norman Elkins on Wetland Bird Surveys
Once indoor meetings resume, they will be held at the Supper Room of St Andrews Town Hall (at the corner of South Street & Queen’s Gardens), KY16 9TA (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area).
The normal pattern of field trips is to alternate between Saturday and Sunday outings, and between half-day and full day trips, to cater for members’ differing preferences and other commitments. Beginner and experienced birdwatchers are welcome.
Sat 23 Oct Fife Ness and Kingsbarns (Rob Armstrong, 01334 850962)
Sat 13 Nov Angus coast (Caroline Gordon, 01592 750230)
Sun 16 Jan Eden Estuary and Morton Lochs (Elizabeth and John Irwin, 01334 850244)
Sat 12 Feb Scone Palace (Andy Falconer, 01334 870496)
Sat 12 Mar Gartmorn Dam and Torry Bay (Elizabeth and John Irwin, 01334 850244)
More dates will be announced here in due course.
Chair and representative of branch on SOC Council::
Rob Armstrong, David Heeley and Andrew Riches
Isle of May recorder:
Talks and outings reminders:
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. A similar reminder service operates for outings. 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.
Minutes from the 2021 Fife Branch AGM
Click here to download a copy of the minutes from the 2021 Fife Branch AGM.
Birdwatching in Fife
Planning a trip to the Isle of May? Read our guide to Birding the Isle of May here
Bird recording in this area
Visit the Fife recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.
The Breeding and Wintering Birds of Fife
Norman Elkins, Jim Reid and Allan W. Brown
Published by the Fife Ornithological Atlas Group and the SOC, in August 2016.
This large format, hardback book brings up to date an earlier publication published in 2003, the Fife Bird Atlas. Click here to find out more and for details of how to purchase a copy.