You can find out about our Stewarty 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 at least the end of 2020 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.
Stewartry branch talks are normally held on Thursdays, but while Covid-19 restrictions remain, the branch will hold virtual meetings in conjunction with Dumfries branch who will be hosting and managing the Zoom sessions. Meetings will therefore be held on Wednesdays until indoor sessions resume.
On the following Wednesdays at 7.30pm:
9 Sep 2020 John Miles - Caithness: The forgotten part of Scotland
14 Oct 2020 BTO - speaker and title to be announced
11 Nov 2020 Speaker to be announced
9 Dec 2020 Speaker to be announced
Further meetings will be announced in due course.
01644 420 280
Once indoor meetings resume, they will be held at Kells School, New Galloway, DG7 3RU (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area)
Please phone the night before, asap after 7pm, to make sure an excursion is taking place as planned - Joan 01644 420280 or Peter 01556 502144.
*CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Please note that all branch outings have been cancelled until further notice*
Fri 27 Mar / Fri 3 Apr 2020
Corsewall Point/Loch Ryan, Mersehead & Crook of Baldoon. Confirmation of dates & venues, depending upon weather & bird news, will be announced at indoor meetings and by email (cancelled)
Fri 17 Apr 2020
Garroch Estate (cancelled)
Fri 24 Apr 2020
Water of Minnoch (cancelled)
Week on Speyside (cancelled)
Lesser Whitethroats - date to be announced (cancelled)
Fri 15 May 2020
Scaur Glen, near Penpont (cancelled)
Fri 22 May 2020
Glenim, Mennock Pass (cancelled)
Few days in Leighton Moss area, dates to be announced if there is interest (cancelled)
Bobby’s Sand Martins - date to be announced (cancelled)
Fri 26 Jun
Brighouse Bay (cancelled)
Clyde cruises on P.S. Waverley (cancelled)
Fri 21 Aug
Newbie (high tide 2.36pm, 8.64m) (cancelled)
Fri 4 Sep
Threave N.T.S. (cancelled)
Fri 18 Sep
Garlieston (high tide 1.00pm, 8.88m) (cancelled)
Fri 9 Oct
Caerlaverock WWT Reserve (cancelled)
Fri 23 Oct
Mersehead RSPB Reserve (cancelled)
Joan Howie, The Wilderness, High Street, New Galloway, Castle Douglas, DG7 3RL
Chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Andrew Bielinski, Mark Pollitt, Graham Smith, Ian Bainbridge
Dumfries and Galloway 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.
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.