You can find out about our Central Scotland branch below.


We're delighted to share details of the meetings season (September 2024 - April 2025) for members to enjoy. This year's programme will be a held as a hybrid (online/in-person) programme. 

More information about each meeting will be emailed to members around a week in advance of the event. To receive these emails (including Zoom joining instructions and workshop booking information, where applicable), you must be signed up to the Branch News & Events - Talks & Workshops mailing list.



Wed 18 Sep       
Jonathan Meiburg – The Caracaras would like to meet you: introducing the world’s smartest and strangest birds of prey (online) 

Thu 3 Oct         
Blaise Martay, BTO – Climate change and birds 

Wed 16 Oct       
Dave Parish, NatureScot – Stepping up efforts to save Scotland’s critically endangered Chough (online)

Thu 7 Nov          
David Raffle, SOC – Wader identification 

Wed 20 Nov     
Ian Thomson, RSPB – Ending raptor persecution on Scotland’s grouse moors? (online)

Dates for January-April 2025 will be announced in due course.



Neil Bielby

01786 823 830


In-person meetings will be held in the General Purpose Room, The Allan Centre, Fountain Road, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4AT (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area). This is on the doorstep of the University of Stirling and students are always very welcome to attend!


Outings details will be sent to SOC Central Scotland branch members by email, if you have signed up for these (or click here if you haven't already done so). Alternatively please contact Neil Bielby.                                               

Further outings will be announced in due course.


Neil Bielby 01786 823 830 or send Neil an email

Branch Committee

Secretary and Treasurer

Neil Bielby, 01786 823 830


Position vacant 

Vice-chair and representative of branch on SOC Council:

Eilidh McNab

Committee members:

Roger Gooch, Roger Stewart, Danni Thompson, Billy Thomson, Ken Wilkinson

Upper Forth recorder:

Chris Pendlebury

Assistant recorder:

 Neil Bielby (as above)

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.

Social media:

Facebook: or type ‘Upper Forth Birds’ in the search bar

Branch newsletter

Central Scotland branch's newsletter Whinchat is periodically emailed to branch members and includes details of branch talks, outings and activities locally as well as summaries of recent outings and other branch-related news. Read the latest issue here. Archive issues can be found here.

Birdwatching in the area

Click here for a guide to Birdwatching the Upper Forth

The Birds of Clackmannanshire

For the first time ever, the birdlife of Clackmannanshire has been systematically recorded to produce an ornithological atlas for the County. Click here to read more about it.

Bird recording

Visit the Upper Forth recording area page for details of the latest bird report, back issues, species considered locally and for Local Recorder contact information.