Due to Covid-19 restrictions

  • Scotland's Bird Club



You can find out about our Highland branch below.

  • Talks

    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.

    An invitation with a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out a few days before the event via email. To receive this notice, please ensure that you are on the appropriate mailing list held by HQ. If you are unsure, you can check your mailing list preferences by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you know you do not receive branch notices but would like to, you can sign up here (please note these will only be sent to SOC members).

    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.

    On the following days at 7.30pm: 

    Tue 30 Mar 2021    Dr Mark Eaton - Rare Breeding Birds Panel

    Wed 7 Apr 2021     Dan Brown - A trip to Siberia and the North Pacific

    Tue 13 Apr 2021     Ben Darvill - Birdsong and Birdtrack followed by AGM


    Mary Galloway, send Mary an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07598 320978.


    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.

  • Outings

    *UPDATE - following the new 6 person / 2 household rules in Scotland in place from 14 September 2020, all branch outings are on hold until further notice*

    For guidance on how branches are managing outings in relation to Covid-19, please click here.

    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.


    Weekend excursions are full day, Thursdays are usually mornings only. Thursday outings will be led by a committee member.

    Sun 11 Oct       

    Dornoch Firth and Easter Ross Migration (Dean McAskill). Meet Dornoch Airstrip 10am       

    Thurs 22 Oct

    Weekday Birding. Moray Coast (Pete Gordon). Meet West of The Maltings, Burghead 10am

    Sat 7 Nov   

    Whiteness (Jonathan Clarke). Meet at Fort George car park 9.30am

    Thurs 19 Nov  

    Black Isle (Sue Seright). Meet at N Kessock by slipway toilets 9.30am

    Sun 6 Dec   

    Beginners’ Birding Guided Walk (Sue Sykes). Meet at Old Station, Nethybridge 10am

    Thurs 17 Dec

    Weekday Birding (Sue Seright). Meeting place and time to be confirmed


    Sat 9 Jan              

    Bird Race (Carol Miller and Sue Seright). Meeting place and time to be confirmed

    Thurs 21 Jan

    Weekday Birding (Alister Clunas) - to be confirmed

    Sun 7 Feb        

    Strathspey Outing (John Poyner). Meet at Loch Garten Car Park at 10am

    Thurs 18 Feb   

    Weekday Birding (Al McNee) - to be confirmed

    Sun 7 Mar  

    Day trip to Moray Coast (Mary Galloway) - to be confirmed

    Thurs 18 Mar 

    The Loch District South of Inverness (Alex Joss). Meeting place and time to be confirmed

    Sun 18 April  

    Lochaber Outing (Tony Laidler). Meet at Neptune’s Staircase car park 10am

    Thurs 29 April  

    Dawn Chorus with Birdsong Identification (Simon Cohen) - to be confirmed

    Sun 9 May       

    Gairloch and Poolewe - to be confirmed

    Sat 22 May  

    Evening Meet at Loch Ruthven followed by a social - to be confirmed


    Mary Galloway, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Branch Committee


    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 14 Boniface Gardens, Fortrose, IV10 8RP, Tel 07598 320978


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    Alister Clunas

    Committee members:

    Jon Clarke, Alastair McNee, Alex Joss, Bob McMillan, John Poyner and Susan Seright

    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.


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.