You can find out about our Dumfries branch below. 


We're delighted to share details of the meetings season (September 2023 - April 2024) for members to enjoy. 

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.



Wednesday 10 April 2024
Dr Irena Tomankova – Results of the 2023 Hen Harrier Survey (in-person)

Once widespread in the UK, the long-suffering Hen Harrier has fallen victim to habitat loss, land use change, and persecution. The sixth national Hen Harrier Survey is hot off the press, and our guest speaker consider the results. How is the species fairing in Scotland and the rest of the UK, and what has changed since the first survey of 1988-89?

Wednesday 17 April 2024
Helen Aiton, Michal Jezierski & Kevin and Mike Sinclair – SOC Endowment Fund Projects (online). For further information, please click here.



Heather Stevenson, tel: 01387 248535

Venue for indoor meetings:

Dumfries Baptist Church Centre, Gillbrae Rd DG1 4EJ (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area).


Excursion details will be sent to SOC Dumfries branch members by email, if you have signed up for this (or click here if you haven't already done so).

22 to 25 Apr      Spring trip to Portpatrick

Wed 22 May    Guided walk at Threave Nature Reserve 


Heather Stevenson, tel: 01387 248535

Branch Committee

Secretary and representative on SOC Council:

Heather Stevenson, 01387 248535


John Riddet 


Alex Banwell

Committee members:

Christine Dudgeon, Edmund Fellowes, Robin Thomson and Andrew Turney

Dumfries and Galloway recorder:

Gavin Chambers and Alyn Chambers,

Other Information

Talks 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. 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.

Nearby branches of the SOC

Find out more about Stewartry branch Visit the West Galloway branch page

Birdwatching in Dumfries

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. 

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.