You can find out about our West Galloway branch below.
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 the end of 2021 when the situation will be reviewed. 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.
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 Sep Angus Hogg – Kruger National Park
Tue 12 Oct Justin Grant – Back where they belong: Scotland’s White-tailed Eagles
Tue 09 Nov Rick Goater – Charmed by birds: A life enhanced
Tue 14 Dec Members’ Night
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.
At the branch's recent AGM, it was felt that a resumption of outdoor events would be very much welcomed. As numbers will be limited, please contact Geoff and Jean Sheppard by phone on 01776 870685, or by email to let them know that you plan to attend. For guidance on how branches will manage outings in relation to Covid-19, please click here.
Sat 26 Jun Wig Bay (leader David McGhie). Meet at the Wig Bay car park at 1.00pm
Further dates will be announced here in due course.
Secretary, Treasurer & representative of the branch on SOC Council:
Sandra Alder, Jean Sheppard
Dumfries and Galloway recorder:
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.