• Scotland's Bird Club



You can find out about our Stewarty branch below.

  • Talks


    Kells School, New Galloway, DG7 3RU (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area)


    On the following Thursdays at 7.30pm:

    20 Sep 2018    Jeremy Brock – Overland to the Caucasus for birds

    11 Oct 2018   Graham Wren – Forty years on the Farne Islands

    15 Nov 2018   Hayley Douglas – Tag-n-Track: Lesser Black-backed Gulls as you’ve never seen them before

    13 Dec 2018    Ian Bainbridge – Shorebirds of the Solway coast

    17 Jan 2019    Mick Durham – The Wildlife of Shetland

    14 Feb 2019   Keith Brockie – The Teuchat Glen: Wildlife on a Highland Perthshire estate

    14 Mar 2019  Kat Keogan – Timing of breeding of seabirds in a changing climate: From a local to a global perspective

    28 Mar 2019   AGM & David Lingard – Birdwatching in Italy and the work of LIPU. Followed by annual raffle and Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’


    Joan Howie
    01644 420 280

  • Outings

    Should the weather be bad on any date, the excursion will take place the following day OR the same day the following week. Thereafter it will be cancelled if the weather is again adverse.

    Wednesday 27 June 2018
    Stairhaven to Monreith for summer migrants, flowers and butterflies

    22 June - 26 August 2018
    P.S. Waverley’s Clyde season: Check Waverley Excursions website for cruises from Ayr for seabirds and sea mammals

    Friday 24 August 2018
    Crook of Baldoon & Wigtown Harbour for flocks of waders, passerines and birds of prey

    Friday 14 September 2018
    Garlieston for flocks of waders, including Greenshank which are usually in good numbers

    Friday 28 September 2018
    Mersehead RSPB for early arrivals of Barnacles and other geese, plus ducks, waders and birds of prey

    Friday 12 October 2018
    Caerlaverock WWT for geese, ducks, waders and birds of prey 

    PLEASE NOTE: A week ‘up north’ in May or June to the Highlands or Islands, and/or Spring and/or Autumn breaks could be arranged if enough members and friends wish to take part. Please contact the Secretary as soon as possible to express interest.                     


    Peter Swan, 01556 502 144 or Joan Howie on 01644 420 280 or send Joan an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Branch Commitee

    Secretary/joint treasurer:

    Joan Howie, The Wilderness, High Street, New Galloway, Castle Douglas, DG7 3RL

    Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

    Jeremy Brock

    Vice-chair/joint treasurer:

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    Committee members:

    Andrew Bielinski, Mark Pollitt, Graham Smith, Ian Bainbridge

    Dumfries and Galloway recorder:

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  • Other Information

    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.

    Forums/News group:

    Dumfries and Galloway Birding (Yahoo) groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/dumfriesandgallowaybirding 

    Birdwatching in Dumfries and Galloway:

    Click here for a list of recommended sites to visit and to download a free, full-colour birdwatching guide produced by D&G Council Ranger Service.

    Bird recording in Stewartry:

    Visit the Dumfries & Galloway recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.


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.