You can find out about our West Galloway branch below.


We're delighted to share details of the season of Club-wide online talks (September 2024 - April 2025) for members to enjoy. 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), you must be signed up to the Branch News & Events - Talks & Workshops mailing list. Remember that SOC members are welcome to attend meetings being held across the Club’s branches. Just be sure to check in with the relevant local group contact in advance. 



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

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

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.



Geoff Sheppard
01776 870 685


Please contact Geoff and Jean Sheppard by phone on 01776 870685, or by email to let them know that you plan to attend. 


Further outings will be announced in due course.


Geoff Sheppard

Tel: 01776 870 685, email

Branch Committee

Secretary, Treasurer & representative of the branch on SOC Council:

Geoff Sheppard, 01776 870685


David McGhie


Alan Johnstone

Committee members:

Sandra Alder, Jean Sheppard

Dumfries and Galloway recorder:

Gavin Chambers and Alyn Chambers,

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. 

What to See This Month

To see the latest issues of the What to See This Month newsletter, click here.

Nearby branches of the SOC

Find out more about SOC Stewarty branch

Find out more about SOC Dumfries branch

Birdwatching in Dumfries and Galloway

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. Or pick up your copy of the guide at evening meetings, for a suggested donation of 50p, while stocks last.

Places To Enjoy Wildlife in Dumfries & Galloway – a practical viewing guide. Published by RSPB and available for free download. 

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.