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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:

    19 Sep 2019

    Crystal Maw – Cousin Island: From coconut plantation to ground-breaking nature reserve

    10 Oct 2019 

    Tom Byars – Dynamite in the dunes: A natural history of the Ardeer peninsula

    14 Nov 2019 

    Stan da Prato – Wildlife of the East Lothian coast

    12 Dec 2019 

    Brian Smith – Bobby’s Sand Martins and a constant effort site

    09 Jan 2020 

    Andrew Bielinski – Steppe-ing out in Kazakhstan

    13 Feb 2020  

    Tom Churchyard – Access all areas: How we successfully removed invasive Black Rats from the Shiant Isles

    12 Mar 2020  

    Norman Elkins – Birding the Balearics

    02 Apr 2020  

    Members’ Night on the theme of Scottish islands; AGM followed by Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’ and annual raffle


    Joan Howie
    01644 420 280

  • Outings

    The branch is hoping to organise a week up north to the Highlands or islands, perhaps to Speyside or the Outer Hebrides though any other ideas would be welcome. This would be between the end of April and mid-May, or between the end of May and mid-June. If interested, contact Joan Howie as soon as possible.

    Please phone the night before, after 7pm, to make sure an excursion is taking place as planned - Joan 01644 420280 or Peter 01556 502144.

    Jul/Aug 2019             

    P.S. Waverley. Cruises to see most of UK’s seabirds and hopefully several sea mammals. Check Waverley Excursion website for Clyde timetable

    Fri 30 Aug 2019           

    Crook of Baldoon RSPB Reserve

    Fri 13 Sep 2019             


    Fri 27 Sep 2019      

    Mersehead RSPB Reserve

    Fri 11 Oct 2019            

    Caerlaverock WWT Reserve



    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) 

    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.