You can find out about our Highland branch below.
Culloden Library, Keppoch Road, Culloden, Inverness, IV2 7LL (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area).
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
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 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.
Thu 17 Oct 2019
Sat 9 Nov 2019
Moray coast (Al McNee and Alister Clunas)
Thu 21 Nov 2019
Sun 8 Dec 2019
Speyside or Inverness area - weather dependent (Pete Gordon)
Thu 19 Dec 2019
Sat 11 Jan 2020
Bird Race (Carol Miller)
Thu 23 Jan 2020
Sat 8 Feb 2020
Black Isle (Dave & Mary Galloway)
Thu 20 Feb 2020
7 or 8 Mar 2020
An Eagle Hunt (Alex Joss)
Thu 19 Mar 2020
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)
Jon Clarke, Alastair McNee, Alister Clunas, Alex Joss, Susan Seright and Peter Stronach
Committee member & Representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Outer Hebrides recorder:
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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.
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.