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    Events

    Headquarters

Headquarters organises a programme of events throughout the year including Optics Days, Goosewatch events, Art Exhibitions and Bird ID Guided Walks out of Waterston House. Event details will be posted below once finalised. 

For an overview of Waterston House's events programme throughout the year, please click here. As well as these events at Headquarters, the Club arranges a Spring Conference in conjunction with our partners at BTO Scotland and the nearest local branch, and an Annual Conference.

Club members benefit from discounts on events - see individual events for details. Not a member yet? Find out more about membership.

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The exhibition runs from Saturday 17 November until Wednesday 16 January 2019. We're open daily from 10am to 4pm (except for 25-26 December and 1 January), and entry is free. 

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Every year the Club arranges a one-day Scottish Birdwatchers’ Conference, organised by a local branch of the SOC, in conjunction with our partners, BTO Scotland. We're delighted to also be working in partnership with Argyll Bird Club to arrange the 2019 conference.
 

Wings over Western Skies,Ornithological highlights from Scotland's Atlantic coast

Presentations: Saturday 16th March

Field trips (optional): Sunday 17th March

Booking

Booking is through BTO Scotland. Ideally please book online through their website

Programme

Click here to download the conference programme and to find out who we have lined up for you. 

Conference costs

The charge for the conference is £30 (incl. vat) per person. A limited number of discounted places are available to under 25s and students, priced at £20. This includes registration fee, lunch and teas/coffees. We regret that no refunds can be issued after 5 March.

Local birdwatching

Whether you are interested in exploring the area independently or joining an organised group outing, there are several sites with easy reach of the conference centre. 

‘Pelagic’ to Mull

The Island of Mull is renowned for its varied landscapes (mountains, moorlands, sea lochs and sandy beaches) plus of course for its wildlife. This trip will cross over to Craignure and back watching for seabirds, divers and raptors. If volunteers are found to take cars over, we will also visit Lochdon and Grasspoint where a variety of waders can be found. Ferry fare £7.20 rtn (passenger), £27.50 rtn (car, shared).

North Connel, Ledaig Point & Ardmucknish Bay

The promontory at the mouth of Loch Etive and the broad sandy bay north from here support a variety of species including Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, divers, several wader species, Linnet and Twite. This outing will involve a short walk along the shore (2–3 km).

Seil & Luing

Picturesque Seil island is connected to the mainland by ‘the bridge over the Atlantic’. After visiting a few sites on Seil we’ll take the ferry to Luing and travel by car to Blackmill Bay, Toberonochy, Cullipool and the Atlantic Islands Centre. A range of species may be seen including ducks, geese, waders and raptors. This will be a car-based outing with short walks. Ferry fare £14.50 rtn for car with four passengers.

Loch Laich (Appin)

This beautiful inlet off Loch Linnhe is 1.5 miles north-east of Port Appin and is home to Castle Stalker (a four-storey tower house which featured in a Monty Python film). A variety of waders, ducks, seabirds and gulls may be seen, with raptors also a possibility. The outing will walk over the Victoria bridge and round to Portnacroish on a level cycleway, returning by the same route (~4km).

Lismore

This walking outing will take the foot ferry from Port Appin, looking out for Black Guillemots and Otters on the crossing. Once ashore we’ll walk on even ground to the ‘estuarine’ area at picturesque Port Ramsay and Fennachrochan where a variety of waders, ducks and possibly raptors may be found (~8km). Ferry fare £3.70 rtn.

Kerrera

We’ll walk around the southern end of Kerrera enjoying spectacular views of Mull and Gylen Castle. The Sound of Kerrera may yield Black Guillemot and Red-throated Divers and we’ll hope for Great Northern Divers in the Firth of Lorne. Waders can be found at Barnabuck Bay, where there’s also a chance of Otters. The island can be good for raptors, too. Distance ~9km on tracks, with several hills. Ferry fare £4.65 rtn. 

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Wings over Western Skies,Ornithological highlights from Scotland's Atlantic coast

Presentations: Saturday 16th March

Field trips (optional): Sunday 17th March

Booking

Booking is through BTO Scotland. Ideally please book online through their website

Programme

Click here to download the conference programme and to find out who we have lined up for you. 

Conference costs

The charge for the conference is £30 (incl. vat) per person. A limited number of discounted places are available to under 25s and students, priced at £20. This includes registration fee, lunch and teas/coffees. We regret that no refunds can be issued after 5 March.

Local birdwatching

Whether you are interested in exploring the area independently or joining an organised group outing, there are several sites with easy reach of the conference centre. 

‘Pelagic’ to Mull

The Island of Mull is renowned for its varied landscapes (mountains, moorlands, sea lochs and sandy beaches) plus of course for its wildlife. This trip will cross over to Craignure and back watching for seabirds, divers and raptors. If volunteers are found to take cars over, we will also visit Lochdon and Grasspoint where a variety of waders can be found. Ferry fare £7.20 rtn (passenger), £27.50 rtn (car, shared).

North Connel, Ledaig Point & Ardmucknish Bay

The promontory at the mouth of Loch Etive and the broad sandy bay north from here support a variety of species including Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, divers, several wader species, Linnet and Twite. This outing will involve a short walk along the shore (2–3 km).

Seil & Luing

Picturesque Seil island is connected to the mainland by ‘the bridge over the Atlantic’. After visiting a few sites on Seil we’ll take the ferry to Luing and travel by car to Blackmill Bay, Toberonochy, Cullipool and the Atlantic Islands Centre. A range of species may be seen including ducks, geese, waders and raptors. This will be a car-based outing with short walks. Ferry fare £14.50 rtn for car with four passengers.

Loch Laich (Appin)

This beautiful inlet off Loch Linnhe is 1.5 miles north-east of Port Appin and is home to Castle Stalker (a four-storey tower house which featured in a Monty Python film). A variety of waders, ducks, seabirds and gulls may be seen, with raptors also a possibility. The outing will walk over the Victoria bridge and round to Portnacroish on a level cycleway, returning by the same route (~4km).

Lismore

This walking outing will take the foot ferry from Port Appin, looking out for Black Guillemots and Otters on the crossing. Once ashore we’ll walk on even ground to the ‘estuarine’ area at picturesque Port Ramsay and Fennachrochan where a variety of waders, ducks and possibly raptors may be found (~8km). Ferry fare £3.70 rtn.

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In addition to the wide range of optical equipment available for sale all year round at Waterston House, we also host demonstration days where experts are on hand to offer free advice on a wide range of binoculars, telescopes and tripods. This is a great opportunity to compare models and try them out under field conditions. If there are any particular models you would like to try out on the day please contact us in advance to let us know.

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17 November 2018 - 16 January 2019

Lucy Newton draws her inspiration from the richness of wildlife in Scotland.  She aims to share her sense of...

16 March 2019

Every year the Club arranges a one-day Scottish Birdwatchers’ Conference, organised by a local branch of the SOC, in...

07 April 2019

In addition to the wide range of optical equipment available for sale all year round at Waterston House, we also host...

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SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.