You can find out about our Highland branch below.
Our talks programme will resume in autumn 2022; for the time being, Highland branch talks will be held via Zoom and details are given below.
For instructions on how to use Zoom, please click here.
21 Sep Pete Moore – RSPB Insh Marshes
04 Oct Hywel Maggs – The return of the breeding Crane to Scotland
19 Oct Ciaran Hatsell & Jude Lane – The Gannet
23 Nov Birds and Us, A 12,000 Year History – Q&A with Tim Birkhead
06 Dec Nina O’Hanlon – Birds and plastics
21 Dec Mary Colwell & Dave Parrish – The Curlew
Once indoor meetings resume, they will be held at Culloden Library, Keppoch Road, Culloden, Inverness, IV2 7LL (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area). Please note that the cost is £3 for members and £5 for non-members.
We plan to hold two outdoor trips per month – a full day outing on a Saturday or Sunday and a Thursday morning outing. On our outdoor trips, the aim is not just to see the largest number of birds, but to find and watch and enjoy. We think the pleasure comes from birdwatching with like-minded people, learning identification skills, enjoying the splendid sights and taking delighted in the unexpected find. If this whets your appetite and you feel you would enjoy these field trips, then you’d be most welcome to come along.
Due to uncertainty of ongoing Covid restrictions, those wishing to participate on outings MUST contact the leader of the day to register. Time and place of meet will then be given. Car sharing may not be possible.
Weekend excursions are full day, Thursdays are usually mornings only. Thursday outings will be led by a committee member.
Further dates for the autumn will be announced here in due course.
Jon Clarke, Alex Joss, Colin Leslie, Bob McMillan, John Poyner and Gavin Woodbridge
Committee member & Representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Outer Hebrides recorder:
Species Focus 2021
Highland branch are asking for your help with its Species Focus this year – a citizen science project for a ‘stay at home’ summer. For further details, please click here.
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.
Minutes from the 2022 Highland Branch AGM
Click here to download a copy of the minutes from the 2022 Highland Branch AGM.
Highland Birds http://www.highlandbirds.scot/ is a website run by and for members of Highland branch, as well as visitors to the region. The site provides information on where to go birding in the region. There is a recording page showing how to submit your records, as well as a gallery of previous rarities and information on how to to download the latest Highland Bird Report and purchase back issues.
Birdwatching in the area
The Highland Branch website, Highland Birds, should be your first port of call for information on where to birdwatch across the Highland region. Likewise, if you're planning a trip to Skye and surrounding areas on the mainland, Skye Birds website is also a one stop shop for everything to do with birds and birding in the area!
Bird recording in this area
Visit the Highland recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.
Highland Bird News- Archive
Click here to view archive issues of the branch's local newsletter, Highland Bird News.
Highland Bird Report Gazetteer
SOC Highland branch has produced a gazetteer, listing almost 2600 site names referred to in the Highland Bird Report and their grid references. This can be downloaded from the Highland recording area page.