You can find out about our North-East Scotland branch below.
While social distancing remains in place due to Covid-19, SOC Council has decided that all face-to-face indoor branch meetings should be postponed until the end of our 2020/21 winter talks programme in April 2021, when the situation will be reviewed. This is in order to ensure the safety of our members and speakers.
However, we are pleased to announce that the branch will be running some virtual meetings, via Zoom, and we hope that you will be able to join us.
For instructions on how to use Zoom, please click here.
Mon 19 Oct 2020 7.30pm Gus Routledge - Rewilding: an opportunity for Scotland’s Highland avifauna
Mon 2 Nov 2020 7.30pm Steve Ewing - title to be announced
Other talks will be announced here in due course.
Once indoor meetings resume, they will be held at The Sportsman’s Club, 11 Queen’s Rd, Aberdeen, AB15 4YL (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area).
ABC - The Aberdeen Birding Calendar 2020:
Get more from your birding!
Learning more about birds and birding
Join in and share your expertise
The new ABC – Aberdeen Birding Calendar is an exciting, different, programme of outdoor gatherings for those new to birding and for lifelong enthusiasts too. Enjoyable field meetings where you can explore particular topics, meet like-minded people, share experience and hopefully have a good day out!
An experienced leader will briefly introduce each topic and co-ordinate a field outing. The trips will have a short session to set the scene for the day, and/or as a follow-up review.
Everyone is welcome -
Whether you are just starting out or can share your experience on an enjoyable day out. You don’t need to be a member.
Students will find the varied sessions offer practical experience to enhance their CV.
The outings are free but booking is essential and numbers are limited
*CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Please note that outings may be cancelled until further notice - see link below for further details*
For a list of the events and to book please click here
Chair & representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Hugh Addlesee, Ian Broadbent, Mark Lewis & Mark Sullivan
North-East Scotland recorder:
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.
North-East Scotland Branch Newsletter is published once or twice annually and emailed to branch members, as well as being made available to view below. The newsletter shares details of notable bird sightings and records in the region, research and survey developments and updates, branch news and activities and often includes contributions from the Grampian Ringing Group.
Click here to read back issues of the branch newsletter.
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Birding Guide to North-East Scotland
North-East Scotland is often overlooked by birdwatchers. Yet just a very brief visit reveals an incredibly rich area for birds and even those living and working here may not know some of the more hidden sites. Over 150 species are known to nest, and regular winter and passage visitors and vagrants bring the total to 387. This detailed illustrated guide shows how to find birds and other wildlife at many sites and contains a full checklist of birds recorded. It is the most comprehensive guide yet published on where to see birds in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.
Production of the guide was supported by the local RSPB team, Aberdeenshire Council and via the SOC’s Birds of Scotland Fund.
Click here for our guide to Birdwatching the Ythan Estuary
Visit the RSPB’s Loch of Strathbeg nature reserve website
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.