Northern Seas & Coasts: Ornithological highlights from Scotlands northern waters

  • Scotland's Bird Club

    West Galloway


You can find out about our West Galloway branch below.

  • Talks

    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.


    Stranraer Library, North Strand Street, Stranraer, DG9 7LD (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area)


    On the following Tuesdays at 7.30pm:

    11 Feb 2020 

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

    10 Mar 2020 

    Norman Elkins – Birding the Balearics   

    07 Apr 2020 

    Stephen Rutt - The Seafarers


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    01776 870 685

  • Outings

    No outings currently planned. Any updates will posted here. 


    Geoff Sheppard

    01776 870 685

  • 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:

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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) 

    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.