• Scotland's Bird Club

    West Galloway


You can find out about our West Galloway branch below.

  • Talks

    With the ongoing uncertainty on when face-to-face indoor meetings will be able to resume, due to Covid-19, SOC branches will continue with virtual meetings, via Zoom, until April 2022. This is in order to ensure the safety of our members and speakers, and to allow us to plan an online programme of talks that we can be confident of delivering, regardless of where things might stand in relation to the pandemic.

    An invitation with a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out to the branch's members 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 (please note these will only be sent to SOC members).

    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.


    On the following Tuesdays at 7.30pm:

    Tue 14 Dec         
    Members’ Night

    Tue 11 Jan         
    To be announced

    Tue 8 Feb           
    Ron Summers - The winter distribution and behaviour of Curlews in a Scottish estuary

    Tue 8 Mar          
    BTO (speaker to be announced) - To catch a flycatcher: Ongoing BTO work to remotely track migrant passerines on their travels

    Tue 12 Apr         
    To be announced


    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

    At the branch's AGM in May 2021, it was felt that a resumption of outdoor events would be very much welcomed. Please contact Geoff and Jean Sheppard by phone on 01776 870685, or by email to let them know that you plan to attend. 


    Further dates will be announced here in due course.


    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. 

    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.