You can find out about our Moray 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 held as a hybrid (online/in-person) programme. 

More information about each talk will be emailed to members around a week in advance of the event. To receive these emails (including Zoom joining instructions for online meetings), 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 10 Oct         
Beth Harwood, SWT; Martin Cook and David Law, Moray Bird Club – Spotlight on Speymouth

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

Thu 14 Nov       
Bob Swann – Shorebirds of the Moray Firth

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

Thu 12 Dec        
Anthony Wetherhill, BTO – Tracking Goosanders

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



Chris Thomas, email

Venue for in-person meetings:

Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin IV30 1HS (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area).

We hope that the branch provides an opportunity for those who share a common interest in birds to meet for regular social occasions. At our indoor meetings we usually have a speaker and the emphasis is on local birds and birding – with plenty of time to get to know those whose names we may recognise but faces we do not!

In addition to evening meetings between autumn and spring, we have regular outings through the year, and offer the opportunity for club members to get involved in some surveys of our local birds.  All are welcome to attend these activities, including non-members of the Club. If you are not yet an SOC member and are interested in finding out more information about joining, please email us or visit our Join us page. 


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

Further outings will be announced in due course.


Chris Thomas, email

Branch Committee


Martin Cook


Chris Thomas, email


Melvin Morrison

Representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Richard Somers Cocks

Committee members:

Karen Cunningham, Jen Graham (ex officio), Graham Larrington, Sue Larrington, David Law, Richard Somers Cocks and Alastair Young

Moray & Nairn recorder:

Martin Cook

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.


Birds in Moray and Nairn is a comprehensive website operated by Martin. The site includes details of the latest sightings, forthcoming survey work (and how to get involved), branch meetings and outings, as well as giving users the option to view or print the latest and previous editions of the Moray & Nairn bird report – for free!


The branch has recently brought out a newsletter, published every two to three months and including updates on local events and training opportunities as well as photographs and other interesting articles.  The most recent issue can be downloaded here (September 2022).  Back issues of the newsletter can be downloaded here.

Minutes from the 2023 Moray Branch AGM:

Click here to download a copy of the minutes from the recent Moray Branch AGM.

Beginners Birdwatching courses:

Organised by Martin, these courses run periodically. Please contact Martin for more info.

Bird recording in this area

Visit the Moray & Nairn recording area page. A guide to different aspects of bird recording in the area can also be found at . 

The Breeding Birds of North-East Scotland

Click here to read about this atlas, which covers Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.