You can find out about our Highland 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.
Highland branch talks are normally held on Tuesdays, but while Covid-19 restrictions remain, the branch will hold virtual meetings in conjunction with Caithness and Orkney branches, who normally meet on Wednesdays and Thursdays respectively. Meetings will therefore be held on varying days of the week until indoor sessions resume.
The following days at 7.30pm:
Tue 07 Sep Ewan Weston – Golden Eagles
Wed 06 Oct Stephen Rutt – The Eternal Season: Birds and nature writing
Thu 04 Nov David Douglas – Upland birds
Tue 07 Dec Darrell Stevens – Peatland restoration and Forsinard Reserve
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.
It is hoped to resume outings from September 2021. For guidance on how branches will manage outings in relation to Covid-19, please click here.
Once they resume, 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.
Weekend excursions are full day, Thursdays are usually mornings only. Thursday outings will be led by a committee member.
Sun 05 Sep Pelagic Trip from Arisaig (Bob McMillan) - apologies, fully booked
Thur 23 Sep Weekday Birding (Alister Clunas)
Sun 10 Oct Dornoch Firth area (Dean MacAskill)
Thur 21 Oct Weekday Findhorn Bay (Pete Gordon)
Sat 06 Nov Whiteness Head (Al McNee )
Thu 18 Nov Black Isle (David & Mary Galloway)
Sun 12 Dec Beginners Guided walk (Sue Sykes)
Thu 23 Dec Weekday Birding (Sue Seright)
Jon Clarke, Alex Joss, Tony Laidler, Alastair McNee, Bob McMillan, John Poyner and Susan Seright
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 2021 HIghland Branch AGM
Click here to download a copy of the minutes from the 2021 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.