You can find out about our Moray branch below.
We hope that the branch provides an opportunity for those who share a common interest in birds to meet for regular social occasions. At our indoor meetings we usually have a speaker and the emphasis is on local birds and birding – with plenty of time to get to know those whose names we may recognise but faces we do not!
Elgin Museum Hall, 1 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1EQ (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding location).
On the following Thursdays at 7.30pm:
08 Nov 2018 Mark Young – The moths of NE Scotland
13 Dec 2018 John Calladine – Short-eared Owls and attempts to unravel some of their secrets
10 Jan 2019 Ben Darvill – New technologies, Cuckoos and other long distant migrants
14 Feb 2019 Tim Mackrill – Ospreys in West Africa
14 Mar 2019 AGM & Members’ Night
Sun 21 Oct 2018
Findhorn Bay. Meet at 7.30am at bird hide car park on the Kinloss-Findhorn road (NJ052632)
Sat 17 Nov 2018
Loch Spynie. Meet at 10.00am at car park in Scarffbanks (NJ238662)
Sat 26 Jan 2019
Nairn/Kingsteps. Meet at 10.00am at car park at Nairn Links (NH883569)
Sat 16 Feb 2019
Spey Bay. Meet at 10.00am at Dolphin Centre car park (NJ348654)
Sat 23 Mar 2019
Portgordon to Cullen. Meet at 10.00am at Portgordon Harbour (NJ395644)
Treasurer and representative of the branch on SOC council:
Alastair Young, Frank Ritchie, Martin Cook and Richard Somers Cocks
Moray & Nairn recorder:
Talks and outings 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. A similar reminder service operates for outings. 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.
Birds in Moray and Nairn www.birdsinmorayandnairn.org is a comprehensive website operated by Martin. The site includes details of the latest sightings, forthcoming survey work (and how to get involved), branch meetings and outings, as well as giving users the option to view or print the latest and previous editions of the Moray & Nairn bird report – for free!
Beginners Birdwatching courses:
Bird recording in this area
The Breeding Birds of North-East Scotland
Click here to read about this atlas, which covers Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.