You can find out about our Orkney 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 relevant), 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)

Tue 1 Oct           
Speaker TBC – Seaducks, divers and grebes (online)

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

Thu 7 Nov          
Carl Mitchell – On top of the world... journeys of our Pink-footed Geese

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

Tue 3 Dec          
Stephen Welch – Gulls (online)

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


Helen Aiton

01856 751482


In-person meetings will be held at St Magnus Centre, Palace Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1PA (click here to view a map of the venue and surrounding area). Please note that there may be a small charge to cover room hire.


No outings are planned.


Helen Aiton

Tel: 01856 751482, email:

Branch Committee


Steve Sankey

Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-chair and representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Helen Aiton, 01856 751482

Orkney recorder:

Steve Dudley

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.

Social media:

Facebook: Type ‘Orkney Birding’ in the search bar

Birdwatching in Orkney

Click here for our guide to Birding North Ronaldsay

Bird recording in Orkney

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