• Birdwatching for Beginners

    Gift Membership


Buy a nature lover the gift of SOC membership

Whether they’re new to birdwatching, a keen ornithologist or somewhere in between, the SOC will help them further their knowledge and enjoyment of Scotland’s wonderful birdlife.


The Birds of Scotland

The Birds of Scotland
A digital version of the Club's award-winning publication

Bottle Top Bird Feeder

Bottle Top Bird Feeder
Recycle your plastic bottles and keep the birds coming back to your garden with this practical bird feeder

Collins Bird Guide*

Collins Bird Guide*
The ultimate reference book for bird enthusiasts.

Choose one of these free gifts when you
pay by Direct Debit (conditions apply)


Buy Gift Membership

Who are we?

On the one hand, a birdwatching club

The SOC is Scotland’s bird club. We bring 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.

On the other, a network of volunteers across Scotland, gathering vital, impartial information about our wild birds

One of the SOC's greatest contributions to Scottish ornithology is monitoring and recording of bird numbers. For more than 80 years we’ve been watching over Scotland’s birds, recording their numbers, presence or absence all over Scotland through the SOC’s network of Local Recorders and dedicated volunteers. The data we collect is then made available to organisations such as the RSPB, and is one of the first points of reference in informed conservation planning. It is also available to conservationists, planners and developers and is a critical tool for future bird conservation.

Why do we do this?

Many people consider birds to be the litmus test for the health of the environment. By recording which species we’ve seen when and where, how many we saw as well as what we didn’t see, scientists can gain a greater understanding of the effects pollution, habitat loss, climate change and modern farming methods are having on our wild birds.

The SOC is Scotland’s bird club with 15 branches around the country and a growing membership of over 3300.

Find out more about us… 


What they get when they join us...

Welcome pack
Quarterly magazine,
Scottish Birds
Quarterly e-digest,
The Hoot
Talks and outings across Scotland
Borrow books from Scotland's largest ornithological library
Opportunities to improve bird ID skills
Discounts on SOC publications & events
Affiliation to a local branch of the SOC

Plus, choose one of these three thank you gifts when you pay by Direct Debit*:
  • The Birds of Scotland Digital. Find out more about it here
  • Bottle Top Bird Feeder
  • Collins Bird Guide*

* Collins Bird Guide is not available as a free gift option when purchasing Student, Unwaged or Junior membership. Where Direct Debit is not applicable (Life and Junior memberships, or where the payee does not hold a UK bank account), you may still choose a free gift. Overseas members will automatically receive The Birds of Scotland Digital as their free gift. We regret that this offer is not available to previous members who have already received a free gift.


How much does membership cost?

Type of membership

Adult (aged 18 or over) £36
Family (2 adults and all juniors at same address) £48
Concession (Pensioner) £27
Concession (Unwaged - in receipt of state benefits) £14
Joint Concession (at the same address) £35
Life £700
Life Family £1050
Library / Institution £60

For non-UK addresses, please add a £15 supplement to all categories to cover postage.

Purchase a Gift Membership

Or join by post

Click the button below to download the membership form and post your completed form in to us at our Waterston House address. Our Freepost address is FREEPOST RTKC-TGJU-KZLB, SOC, Waterston House, Longniddry, EH32 0PY, however using a stamp will save us costs.

Download the membership form


Thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to welcoming them to the Club!

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On the one hand a birdwatching club. On the other, a network of volunteers across Scotland, gathering vital, impartial information about Scotland’s wild birds.