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FORTHCOMING FIELD TRIPS

Saturday 21 April. Luing. Led by David Jardine (e-mail phone 01546 510200). Meet at Kilbrandon Church, Isle of Seil (grid ref. NM757155) at 09.40hrs. A visit will be made to the Atlantic Islands Centre at Cullipool for lunch. The trip will include walks of (await details) on gentle gradients.

Sunday 27 May. West Cowal. Led by Neil Hammatt (e-mail phone/mobile 07581 448861). Meet at Inver Cottage car park (NS007949) just off the B8000 to explore the west side of Cowal including Otter Ferry and Kilbride Bay. Numerous short walks of less that 1km on gentle gradients. Please bring your own lunch.

FORTHCOMING INDOOR MEETINGS.

Autumn Meeting and AGM 2018. Saturday 3 November at the Cairnbaan Hotel (http://www.cairnbaan.com/), near Lochgilphead (phone 01546 603668). The programme will be included in the September Eider. Lunches will be available in the hotel.

Spring Meeting 2019 (Scottish Birdwatchers Conference). Saturday 16 March 2019 in the Corran Halls, Oban. This will be a joint conference with the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Argyll Bird Club.

EDITOR OF THE ARGYLL BIRD REPORT

Jim Dickson is stepping down as editor of the bird report after ABR 28 is published (see previous section). We urgently need a replacement editor. If anyone is interested please contact Jim.

THE ARGYLL BIRD CLUB’S WEBSITE HELP NEEDED

To keep the website updated takes a lot of effort. We urgently need more help with the ‘recent reports’ section, to cover periods when the usual compilers are on holiday etc. So, if you have any previous experience with maintaining websites or would like to learn how to, why not give us a hand. Without more help, the almost daily updates to ‘recent reports’ will become less frequent. If you are interested, please contact any club official to learn more about what is involved.

COLL BIRD FESTIVAL 18-20 MAY

Is the Corncrake your nemesis? Has your best sighting just been a fleeting glance and you didn’t get that photo? Did you know that the best place to see the Corncrake, along with a host of other fantastic and often rare wildlife, is the Isle of Coll? And, the best time of year is late April to mid-May which is why we host Coll Bird Festival at this time of year.

Over the course of a 3-day weekend, Coll Bird Festival (in partnership with the local RSPB reserve) offers a variety of guided walks, boat trips, and talks. The ever popular Puffin trips to Lunga are back and new, for 2018, is a boat trip to Tiree, a hunt for Sand Lizards and/or Short-necked Oil Beetles, and an opportunity to listen to the enchanting night-time song of Coll at our dusk-watch. We also host a ceilidh and organise a beach clean with BBQ to finish off the weekend. Visitors can book a package deal or pick and choose individual events. For more information go to:

http://collbunkhouse.com/coll-bird-festival-2018/