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The 2014 Summer Migrants Arrival table, brought to you by Birdline Scotland, is available to view on the website.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed records once again this year for use in the migrant table. Special thanks to the local recorders who helped out, their contribution has been invaluable as always.

Latest update: Friday 4th July

2014 sees the 10th year of one of the most popular features on the SOC website, the table of summer migrant arrival dates in Scotland.

Your help is invaluable in ensuring  the table is as current and accurate as possible in relation to early arrival dates. It is hoped that the table will be updated as regularly as possible, potentially more than once a day during busy periods. All the updated tables for previous years are available to view on the summer migrant page.

To submit sightings for inclusion please phone the Birdline Scotland hotline number on 01292 611994 (24 hour answerphone service) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The SOC’s network of Local Recorders have previously made use of these records for inclusion in local bird reports so it has proved to be an invaluable resource, as well as one of great interest, as it allows comparison of arrival dates between different years.

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The 2014 Summer Migrants Arrival table, brought to you by Birdline Scotland, is available to view on the website.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed records once again this year for use in the migrant table. Special thanks to the local recorders who helped out, their contribution has been invaluable as always.

Latest update: Friday 4th July

2014 sees the 10th year of one of the most popular features on the SOC website, the table of summer migrant arrival dates in Scotland.

Your help is invaluable in ensuring  the table is as current and accurate as possible in relation to early arrival dates. It is hoped that the table will be updated as regularly as possible, potentially more than once a day during busy periods. All the updated tables for previous years are available to view on the summer migrant page.

To submit sightings for inclusion please phone the Birdline Scotland hotline number on 01292 611994 (24 hour answerphone service) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The SOC’s network of Local Recorders have previously made use of these records for inclusion in local bird reports so it has proved to be an invaluable resource, as well as one of great interest, as it allows comparison of arrival dates between different years.

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New SOC pin badge

A new SOC pin badge is now available (actual size c. 25mm x 23mm). Thanks to artist Chris Rose for allowing us to use his artwork as the basis for the badge!

Badges can be purchased from Waterston House at the RRP of £1 (plus £1.50 p&p per order, if required) and come September, will be available at some local branch meets. Plus we’ll also have a badges for sale at any events we have a stand at!

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A new SOC pin badge is now available (actual size c. 25mm x 23mm). Thanks to artist Chris Rose for allowing us to use his artwork as the basis for the badge!

Badges can be purchased from Waterston House at the RRP of £1 (plus £1.50 p&p per order, if required) and come September, will be available at some local branch meets. Plus we’ll also have a badges for sale at any events we have a stand at!

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For the first time ever, the birdlife of Clackmannanshire has been systematically recorded to produce an ornithological atlas for the County. The Birds of Clackmannanshire, published by the Central Scotland Branch of the SOC, is the culmination of several years of dedicated fieldwork....

New landmark book on County’s birdlife published

For the first time ever, the birdlife of Clackmannanshire has been systematically recorded to produce an ornithological atlas for the County. The Birds of Clackmannanshire, published by the Central Scotland Branch of the SOC, is the culmination of several years of dedicated fieldwork by numerous volunteers mapping the breeding and wintering distribution of the ‘Wee County’s’ diverse birdlife. The 236-page landmark book should prove an essential reference tool for council planners and environment bodies; with species mapped at the relatively fine scale of a kilometre square, the results will allow for the precise targeting of conservation action and will act as a baseline for monitoring future changes in bird populations locally. Edited by Neil Bielby, Keith Broomfield and John Grainger, the authors hope the book will inspire and encourage readers to take a greater interest in the county’s birds, most usefully by becoming involved in recording and conservation efforts locally.

“Clackmannanshire has a fantastic array of birds and other wildlife, thanks to an incredibly varied landscape over a very small area. It is hoped that this book will play an important role in helping conserve vital habitats in Clackmannanshire and also enhance our overall understanding and enjoyment of the county’s birds and other wildlife” said co-editor, Neil Bielby

Readers should also enjoy viewing the high-class imagery and art work that embellishes the text throughout. Eleven of the finest bird illustrators working in Scotland today were involved in the project, alongside several photographers. The Birds of Clackmannanshire retails at £15, with any profits from sales of the publication going to support the Central branch of  the SOC. Copies of the book can be purchased by contacting Neil Bielby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The Birds of Clackmannanshire received financial support from The Birds of Scotland Fund, a grants scheme administered by the Club to provide financial support to ornithological publications and special projects in Scotland.

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New landmark book on County’s birdlife published

For the first time ever, the birdlife of Clackmannanshire has been systematically recorded to produce an ornithological atlas for the County. The Birds of Clackmannanshire, published by the Central Scotland Branch of the SOC, is the culmination of several years of dedicated fieldwork by numerous volunteers mapping the breeding and wintering distribution of the ‘Wee County’s’ diverse birdlife. The 236-page landmark book should prove an essential reference tool for council planners and environment bodies; with species mapped at the relatively fine scale of a kilometre square, the results will allow for the precise targeting of conservation action and will act as a baseline for monitoring future changes in bird populations locally. Edited by Neil Bielby, Keith Broomfield and John Grainger, the authors hope the book will inspire and encourage readers to take a greater interest in the county’s birds, most usefully by becoming involved in recording and conservation efforts locally.

“Clackmannanshire has a fantastic array of birds and other wildlife, thanks to an incredibly varied landscape over a very small area. It is hoped that this book will play an important role in helping conserve vital habitats in Clackmannanshire and also enhance our overall understanding and enjoyment of the county’s birds and other wildlife” said co-editor, Neil Bielby

Readers should also enjoy viewing the high-class imagery and art work that embellishes the text throughout. Eleven of the finest bird illustrators working in Scotland today were involved in the project, alongside several photographers. The Birds of Clackmannanshire retails at £15, with any profits from sales of the publication going to support the Central branch of  the SOC. Copies of the book can be purchased by contacting Neil Bielby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The Birds of Clackmannanshire received financial support from The Birds of Scotland Fund, a grants scheme administered by the Club to provide financial support to ornithological publications and special projects in Scotland.

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New SOC pin badge

A new SOC pin badge is now available (actual size c. 25mm x 23mm). Thanks to artist Chris...

17 January 2014

For the first time ever, the birdlife of Clackmannanshire has been systematically recorded to produce an...

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