You can find out about our Fife branch below.

Talks

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.

Although Fife is not holding any local in-person meetings, members are cordially invited to attend talks hosted by neighbouring Tayside branch. Details of the venue in Dundee are given at the bottom of this page.

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.

When:

7.30pm

Thu 5 Sep           
Jenny Gill, UEA – Bird migration in a changing world

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           
Gavin Ross, NWCU – National Wildlife Crime Unit investigations

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

Thu 7 Nov          
TBC

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

Thu 5 Dec          
Members’ night

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

 

Contact:

SOC HQ, 01875 871330

Venue for in-person workshops:

Glasite Hall, St Andrews Parish Church, King Street, Dundee, DD1 2JB, next to the Wellgate Centre (click here for a map of the venue and surrounding area). Parking is available on site, and details of the barrier entry code will be sent to mailing list subscribers.  

Outings

The normal pattern of field trips is to alternate between Saturday and Sunday outings, and between half-day and full day trips, to cater for members’ differing preferences and other commitments. Beginner and experienced birdwatchers are welcome.

Further outings will be announced in due course.

Details of forthcoming trips will be sent to SOC Fife branch members by email, if you have signed up for this (or click here if you haven't already done so).

Contact: Caroline Gordon, email

Branch Committee

Operating Committee members:

Caroline Gordon, David Heeley, Elizabeth Irwin, John Irwin (Treasurer) and Andrew Riches

Fife recorder:

Graham Sparshott

Isle of May recorder:

Iain English

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.

Branch newsletter:

Fife Branch Newsletter comes out every three months and features details of branch activities, field trip reports, letters, photographs, sightings and other interesting articles. Subscribers are emailed a PDF version of the newsletter and the latest issue of the publication is also available to download here (April 2024 issue). Back issues of the newsletter can be downloaded here.  To either contribute or subscribe and receive Fife Branch Newsletter directly to your inbox, please email Elizabeth Irwin.

Minutes from the 2023 Fife Branch AGM

Click here to download a copy of the minutes from the 2023 Fife Branch AGM.

Birdwatching in Fife

Click here for our guide to Birdwatching in Fife and here for our guide to Birdwatching the Fife coast.

Planning a trip to the Isle of May? Read our guide to Birding the Isle of May here

Bird recording in this area

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

The Breeding and Wintering Birds of Fife
Norman Elkins, Jim Reid and Allan W. Brown

Published by the Fife Ornithological Atlas Group and the SOC, in August 2016.

This large format, hardback book brings up to date an earlier publication published in 2003, the Fife Bird Atlas.  Click here to find out more.