• Gulls by Laurie Campbell

    Scottish Birdwatchers' Conference



16 March 2019


£30 incl. VAT per person, £20 students and under 25s


Corran Halls, 54 Corran Esplanade, Oban, PA34 5AB

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


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).


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.


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. 


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.