• Scotland's Bird Club

    North-East Scotland


You can find out about our North-East Scotland 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 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.

    An invitation with a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out to the branch's members 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.


    The following Mondays at 7.30pm:

    Mon 6 Dec       
    Simon Gillings – Do androids dream of electric Redwings?

    Date and speaker to be announced

    Mon 7 Feb         
    Andrew Whitehouse - Listening to birds in the Anthropocene and the pandemic

    Mon 7 Mar        
    Bruce Taylor - Living and birding on Barra

    Mon 4 Apr          
    AGM, followed by Lucy Mitchell - Tracking our flying visitors: Use of Motus technology in the UK


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    01467 651296


    To be announced once indoor meetings resume.

  • Outings

    ABC - The Aberdeen Birding Calendar:

    Get more from your birding!

    Learning more about birds and birding

    More experienced
    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 have been cancelled until further notice - see link below for further details*

    For a list of the events and to book please click here
  • Branch Committee


    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Bilbo, Monymusk, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 7HA. Tel 01467 651296

    Chair & representative of the branch on SOC Council:

    Alan Knox


    Bill Craigie

    Committee Members:

    Hugh Addlesee, Ian Broadbent, Mark Lewis & Mark Sullivan

    North-East Scotland 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 Newsletter:

    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.

    Social media:

    Facebook: Type ‘ABZ Rare Birds’ in the search bar

    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.

    To order your copy, please send a cheque for £10 per copy + £2.50 p+p made payable to ‘Aberdeen and District RSPB Group’, to M. Sullivan, 29 Earlswells Rd, Cults, Aberdeen AB15 9NY, along with the completed order form (download here) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mark.

    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

    Visit the North-East Scotland recording area page for details of the latest bird reports, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.

    The Breeding Birds of North-East Scotland

    Click here to read about this atlas, which covers Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.


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.