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The Club's Birds of Scotland Fund was set up in 2008 and since then it has helped to finance and make possible numerous ornithological publications and special projects, from regional bird atlases and birdwatching site guides, to annual monitoring reports and the digitisation of journals.

The Birds of Moray and Nairn

The Birds of Moray and Nairn

Award year: 2021

Grant: £5,000

Recipient: Martin Cook

Birders generate a lot of information. On an yearly basis, this gets summarised in an annual report, offering a snapshot of the bird populations in the area for that year. However, bird populations change, and it can be extremely useful to document this as well, by bringing all of the information gathered over the years into one place – a local avifauna. Local avifaunas complement whole country avifaunas such as ‘Birds of Scotland’. They offer a more in-depth look at local trends in distribution and abundance, in this case written by Martin Cook, an author who knows the area and its birds inside out.

With publication in late 2021 or early 2022, thirty years after the publication of the original 'The Birds of Moray & Nairn', the author returns with an updated version of this well received work. The new book will feature a greatly expanded section of species accounts, collating information from the original with data collected since its publication in 1992. These accounts will summarise what is known about the abundance and distribution of every species known to have occurred in Moray and Nairn. In addition, this new version will include a detailed site guide, helping birders to access the best sites and connect with the species they most want to see. While this book may primarily be aimed towards more local birders, information on finding Scottish specialities will make it invaluable to visiting birders too.
Monograph on the Purple Sandpiper

Monograph on the Purple Sandpiper

Award year: 2021

Grant: £4,000

Recipient: Dr Ron Summers

This book is a synthesis of both published and unpublished data on Purple Sandpipers including some 50 years of Scottish ringing group studies. All aspects of the bird’s life history are covered, and compared and contrasted with other waders to highlight those adaptations of Purple Sandpipers to their unique lifestyle. Amber-listed, Purple Sandpiper populations are decreasing and conservations issues are fully discussed. Written in a popular style and illustrated with graphs, maps and photographs, this book brings together all current knowledge on this species to be both informative and thought-provoking.
North Sea Bird Club (NSBC) 40-year Anniversary Report

North Sea Bird Club (NSBC) 40-year Anniversary Report

Award year: 2020

Grant: £5,116

Recipient: North Sea Bird Club

The book will be a commemorative and lasting record of the achievements and activities of NSBC (“the Club”) and the records accumulated over the forty years of the Club’s existence. To be produced in hard copy and digital format, it will present the history and summary of collecting over 150,000 records of wildlife recorded offshore, mainly on oil and gas installations, drilling rigs and work boats servicing the North Sea, Irish Sea and West of Shetland, between 1979 and 2019. This primarily covers records of birds but also of bats, marine mammals, butterflies and moths, and other insects. Detail will be given of the Club’s activities over the four decades, how they have changed in response to changing working practices offshore and how technology gradually played an increasing role in record collection. Contributions from offshore workers will be included to provide an insight into the joys and frustrations of birding in all weathers on a metal structure in the North Sea! The report and its associated archived reference database will constitute a valuable regional resource detailing the avifauna of the North Sea, of which approximately 73% is in Scottish waters.
Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme Annual Report

Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme Annual Report

Award year: 2020-22, 2017-19

Grant: £1,750 p/a

Recipient: Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme

Internationally recognised, the Scheme is a collaborative enterprise involving a number of national conservation organisations, including the SOC. The Annual Report contains accurate and up-to-date population data on Scottish raptors – data that is vital to addressing raptor conservation issues; informing the Scottish Government of the precise situation especially given the ongoing persecution of raptors in Scotland and the spread of misinformation regarding this.

South-East Scotland Breeding Bird Atlas 2013-17

Award year: 2019

Loan: £4,000

Recipient: South-East Scotland Atlas 2007-13 Organising Group

Where to Watch Birds in Scotland Mobile App

Award year: 2019

Grant: £19,110

Recipient: SOC

Outer Hebrides Bird Report 2014-16, 2017-18

Award year: 2018

Grant: £800

Recipient: Yvonne Benting

Sponsorship of musical nature event

Award year: 2018

Grant: £2,600

Recipient: Northern Flyway

Nature of Manor

Award year: 2017

Grant: £1,000

Recipient: Graham Pyatt

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2 Crested Tit sponsorship

Award year: 2017

Grant: £453

Recipient: SOC

Jack Gordon's Birds of Wigtownshire1900-1930

Award year: 2016

Grant: £2,000

Recipient: Richard Mearns & Chris Rollie

Breeding and Wintering Birds of Fife

Award year: 2015

Grant: £1,000

Loan: £3,500

Recipient: Fife Ornithological Atlas Group

Birdwatching site guide to North-East Scotland

Award year: 2015

Grant: £700

Loan: £1,500

Recipient: Mark Sullivan

Digitising Isle Of May Bird Observatory records

Award year: 2014

Grant: £5,000

Recipient: Isle of May Bird Observatory Trust

Arran Bird Atlas 2007-12

Award year: 2013

Grant: £1,200

Recipient: James Cassells

Birds of Eigg

Award year: 2013

Grant: £2,000

Recipient: Scottish Wildlife Trust and Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust

Alexander Wilson Bi-cententary celebrations

Award year: 2012

Grant: £1,500

Recipient: Pat Monaghan

East Lothian Birding Leaflet

Award year: 2012

Grant: £1,200

Recipient: SOC

Clackmannanshire Atlas

Award year: 2012

Grant: £4,000 (£2,000 later returned)

Recipient: Neil Bielby

Digitising Fair Isle Bird Observatory records

Award year: 2012

Grant: £15,000

Recipient: Fair Isle Bird Observatory Trust

Digitising Perth & Kinross records

Award year: 2011

Grant: £2,000

Recipient: Scott Paterson

International Wader Strategy Group Proceedings

Award year: 2011

Grant: £900

Recipient: Highland Ringing Group

Digitisation of Scottish Bird Report

Award year: 2011-12

Grant: £4,000

Recipient: Scottish Bird Report Development Team

Digitising Scottish Birds

Award year: 2010

Grant: £2,136

Recipient: SOC

Birds of the Isle of Bute

Award year: 2010

Grant: £2,000

Loan: £1,500

Recipient: Ron Forrester

St John's Pool - interpretive project

Award year: 2010

Grant: £2,250

Recipient: Julian Smith

BTO Atlas 2007-11 Crested Tit Sponsorship

Award year: 2010

Grant: £1,000

Recipient: BTO

Revamp of Scottish Birds

Award year: 2010

Grant: £15,000

Recipient: SOC

 

 

 

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