You can find out about our Moray 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 April 2022. 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.
The following Thursdays at 7.30pm:
Thu 21 Oct John Love – A natural history of St Kilda
Thu 11 Nov Norman Elkins – Birding the Balearics
Thu 09 Dec Dan Puplett – Bird tracks and signs
Once indoor meetings resume, they will be held at Elgin Museum Hall, 1 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1EQ (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding location).
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!
The following outing is planned. Further details 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).
Sun 24 Oct Findhorn Bay
Representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Richard Somers Cocks
Martin Cook, Sarah Law, Melvin Morrison, Richard Somers Cocks 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 (October 2021). Back issues of the newsletter can be downloaded here.
Minutes from the 2021 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.