• Scotland's Bird Club

    West Galloway


You can find out about our West Galloway branch below.

  • Talks

    We're delighted to share details of the season of Club-wide online talks (September 2023 - April 2024) for members to enjoy. More information about each talk will be emailed to members around a week in advance of the event. To receive these emails (including Zoom joining instructions), you must be signed up to the Branch News & Events - Talks & Workshops mailing list. Remember that SOC members are welcome to attend meetings being held across the Club’s branches. Just be sure to check in with the relevant local group contact in advance. 



    Wednesday 13 December 2023
    Prof. Debbie Pain – Lead from ammunition: A toxic problem affecting birds and other animals. For further information, please click here.     

    Wednesday 17 January 2024
    Q & A with Prof. Tim Birkhead & Prof. Neil Metcalfe – The Great Auk. For further information, please click here

    Wednesday 21 February 2024
    Ros Green, Claudia Tapia & speaker TBA – Tracking birds' movements. For further information, please click here.

    Wednesday 20 March 2024
    Dr. Phil Atkinson, Dr. Jude Lane & speaker TBA (NatureScot) – Avian flu. For further information, please click here.

    Wednesday 17 April 2024
    Helen Aiton, Michal Jezierski & Kevin and Mike Sinclair – SOC Endowment Fund Projects. For further information, please click here.



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    01776 870 685

  • Outings

    Please contact Geoff and Jean Sheppard by phone on 01776 870685, or by email to let them know that you plan to attend. 


    Further outings will be announced in due course.


    Geoff Sheppard

    Tel: 01776 870 685, email

  • Branch Committee

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

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    David McGhie


    Alan Johnstone

    Committee members:

    Sandra Alder, Jean Sheppard

    Dumfries and Galloway recorder:

    Gavin Chambers and Alyn Chambers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • 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. 

    What to See This Month

    To see the latest issues of the What to See This Month newsletter, click here.

    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.