You can find out about our Moray branch below.
Our talks programme will resume in autumn 2022; Moray branch talks will be held as a hybrid (online/in-person) programme and details are given below.
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21 Sep Pete Moore – RSPB Insh Marshes (online)
13 Oct Martin Cook – Thirty years on: The new Birds of Moray & Nairn
19 Oct Ciaran Hatsell & Jude Lane – The Gannet (online)
10 Nov Mark Johnston – Glenlivet
23 Nov Birds and Us, A 12,000 Year History – Q&A with Tim Birkhead (online)
08 Dec Roy Dennis – Restoring the wild
21 Dec Mary Colwell & Dave Parrish – The Curlew (online)
Venue for in-person meetings:
Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin IV30 1HS.
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!
Details of planned outings will be sent to SOC Moray branch members by email, if you have signed up for this (or click here if you haven't already done so).
Further dates will be announced here in due course.
Representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Richard Somers Cocks
Martin Cook, Melvin Morrison, Richard Somers Cocks, Chris Thomas and Alastair Young
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!
The branch has recently brought out a newsletter, published every two to three months and including updates on local events and training opportunities as well as photographs and other interesting articles. The most recent issue can be downloaded here (March 2022). Back issues of the newsletter can be downloaded here.
Minutes from the 2022 Moray Branch AGM:
Click here to download a copy of the minutes from the recent Moray Branch AGM.
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.