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  • Scotland's Bird Club

    West Galloway


You can find out about our West Galloway branch below.

  • Talks

    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.

    An invitation with a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out 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.

    For instructions on how to use Zoom, please click here.


    While Covid-19 restrictions remain, the branch will hold virtual meetings in conjunction with Ayshire branch who will be hosting and managing the Zoom sessions.    

    8 Sep 2020       Andrew Stevenson - Island Ups and downs: 20 years of Uists birding

    13 Oct 2020     Ben Darvill (BTO) - Tracking Arctic Skuas

    10 Nov 2020    Andrew Bielinski - Wildlife of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire biosphere

    8 Dec 2020      Speaker to be announced

    Further meetings will be announced in due course.


    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    01776 870 685


    Once indoor meetings resume, they will be held at Stranraer Library, North Strand Street, Stranraer, DG9 7LD (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area)

    At each meeting, an invited speaker gives an illustrated talk on their chosen subject lasting approximately an hour, usually with a break for tea/coffee and biscuits. The talks are predominantly about birds but other flora and fauna are often included, together with some spectacular scenery. The talks are designed to be enjoyed by people with any level of interest in birds and are suitable for most age groups. There is no charge for entry or refreshments although donations are always welcome.

  • Outings

    No outings currently planned. Any updates will posted here. 


    Geoff Sheppard

    Tel: 01776 870 685, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Branch Committee

    Secretary, Treasurer & representative of the branch on SOC Council:

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Roddens, Leswalt, Stranraer, DG9 0QR, telephone 01776 870685


    David McGhie


    Alan Johnstone

    Committee members:

    Sandra Alder, Jean Sheppard

    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 

    Nearby branches of the SOC

    Find out more about SOC Stewarty branch

    Find out more about SOC Dumfries branch

    Birdwatching in Dumfries and Galloway

    Click here for a guide of recommended sites to visit and to download a free, full-colour birdwatching guide produced by D & G Council Ranger Service. Or pick up your copy of the guide at evening meetings, for a suggested donation of 50p, while stocks last.

    Places To Enjoy Wildlife in Dumfries & Galloway – a practical viewing guide. Published by RSPB and available for free download. 

    Bird recording in this area

    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.