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  • Scotland's Bird Club

    Highland

    Headquarters

You can find out about our Highland branch below.

  • Talks

    Venue:

    Culloden Library, Keppoch Road, Culloden, Inverness, IV2 7LL (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area).

    When:

    The following Tuesdays at 7.30pm:   

    05 Nov 2019 

    Daisy Burnell – Seabirds count: Taking stock of the seabirds of Britain and Ireland

    03 Dec 2019 

    Martin Cook – Moray’s birds: A century of change

    07 Jan 2020 

    Justin Grant – Back where they belong: Scotland’s White-tailed Eagles

    04 Feb 2020 

    Chris Bailey – RSPB Scotland: Advising land owners on waders, Corncrake, Corn Bunting and Capercaillie

    03 Mar 2020

    Peter Mawby – Watching and wondering     

    14 Apr 2020 

    AGM & Darrell Stevens: The work of the RSPB at the Forsinard Reserve

    Contact:

    Kathy Bonniface, send Kathy an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01808 511740

  • Outings

    There are two outdoor trips per month over the branch outing season – 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.

    Meet at:

    Meet at 9.00am (9.15am Thursdays) at Inverness Retail Park, near Burger King. Weekend excursions are full day, Thursdays are usually mornings only. Thursday outings will be led by a committee member.

    Sat 9 Nov 2019             

    Moray coast (Al McNee and Alister Clunas)

    Thu 21 Nov 2019         

    Local birding

    Sun 8 Dec 2019            

    Speyside or Inverness area - weather dependent (Pete Gordon)

    Thu 19 Dec 2019          

    Local birding

    Sat 11 Jan 2020            

    Bird Race (Carol Miller)

    Thu 23 Jan 2020          

    Local birding

    Sat 8 Feb 2020             

    Black Isle (Dave & Mary Galloway)

    Thu 20 Feb 2020          

    Local birding

    7 or 8 Mar 2020           

    An Eagle Hunt (Alex Joss)

    Thu 19 Mar 2020        

    Local birding

    Sat 18 Apr 2020           

    Skye (leader to be announced)

    Thu 23 Apr 2020          

    Local birding (Jonathan Clarke)

    Sat 16 May 2020         

    Small Isles trip for the day on MV Shearwater from Arisaig. Times to be announced (Carol Miller)

    Contact:

    Kathy Bonniface, 01808 511740 or send Kathy an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact the leader. 

  • Branch Committee

    Secretary:

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Alt Dubh, North End, Tomatin, IV13 7YP, Tel 01808 511740

    Chair:

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    Treasurer:

    Lynda Graham

    Committee members:

    Jon Clarke, Alastair McNee, Alister Clunas, Alex Joss, Susan Seright and Peter Stronach

    Committee member & Representative of the branch on SOC Council:

    Peter Gordon

    Highland recorder:

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    Outer Hebrides recorder:

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  • Other Information

    Talks 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. 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.

    Branch grapevine:

    An email sightings service, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Al McNee to be added to the mailing list.

    Branch website:

    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 purchase the Highland Bird Report.

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    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.

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SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.