Sunday 26 June. Skipness. Led by Katie Pendreigh (contact details: phone 01583 441359: e-mail katiependreighataoldotcom ). Meet in the car park beside the entrance gate to the castle at 10.00hrs. The Sea Food Cabin will be open for lunch.

Saturday 23 July. Loch Lomond RSPB reserve. Led by Anne Archer (contact details: phone 01700 811611: e-mail archerspringbankatbtinternetdotcom ). Meet at the visitor hub/car park at the reserve. Thease let Anne know if you want to join this trip by 1st July as we need to confirm numbers with RSPB in advance. An RSPB staff member will show us around. Most of the walk will be through fields, woodland, fen and meadow so you need appropriate footwear. Turn off the A811 into the RSPB reserve between the Old Schoolhouse B&B and Drummakill.

Saturday 27 August. Islay ferry. Led by Mike Harrison (contact details: phone 01631 710656: mobile 07731 197722: e-mail jmharrisonatieedotorg ). Meet at the Kennacraig ferry terminal at 12.00 hrs. The ferry to Islay departs at 13.00 hrs arriving Port Askaig 14.55 hrs. The return ferry leaves Port Askaig at 15.30 hrs and arrives at Kennacraig at 17.25 hrs.


The next indoor meeting will be the Autumn Meeting and AGM on Saturday 12 November 2016 in the Cairnbaan Hotel (

0930            Doors open

0950-1000   Welcome and introduction – Mike Harrison

1000-1030    Recent bird sightings and photographs – Jim Dickson

1030-1100    Birding in Nepal – Nigel Scriven

1100-1120    Coffee/tea

1120-1200    Highland renewal: improving estates for wildlife – Alan Fielding

1200-1230    Seabirds and offshore wind farms – Julie Miller

1230-1400    Lunch (available in hotel)

1400-1440    AGM

1440-1500    BTO Surveys and updates – Nigel Scriven

1500-1540    Birding in Trinidad and Tobago – Gordon Holm

1540-1600    Tea/coffee

1600-1620    Diver identification and ecology – Bob Furness

1620-1630    Raffle and closing remarks


The spring 2017 meeting will be on Saturday 4th March 2017, at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dunoon. The programme will be posted in December 2016.

Young Birders’ Training Course, Saturday 2nd – Saturday 9th July 2016

Applications are invited from individuals aged 16 – 25 to participate in a week-long sponsored training course run by the SOC and the Isle of May Bird Observatory, on the Isle of May. For more details: