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The 2018 Machrihanish Seabird Observatory annual report is now available – see under ‘Publications’


If there is a chance that adverse weather might lead to the cancellation of a field trip, please check this page of the website or contact the organiser the night before or in good time prior to setting off. Please wear suitable footwear and bring waterproof clothing if rain is forecast.

Saturday 31 August. Campbeltown/Machrihanish Seabird Observatory. Led by Malcolm Chattwood (phone . Email . Meet Malcolm in Campbeltown, at the Information Centre, which is at the top of the pier, at 11.00hrs.  Car parking is on the pier or along towards the ferry terminal. After visiting good birding spots around the town, the group will head forMachrihanish Bird Observatory to be shown around by Eddie Maguire. One aim of the trip is to witness Gannets on their overland journey (see March 2019 Eider, pages 16-17).The trip will involve several short walks, each less than 500m. Please bring your own lunch.

Autumn Meeting and AGM 2019. Saturday 2 November at the Cairnbaan Hotel (, near Lochgilphead (phone 01546 603668). Lunches will be available in the hotel. The programme will appear in the September issue of the Eider.

Spring Meeting, March 2020. We hope to hold this meeting in Dunoon. The venue and date will be given in the September Eider.

Raffle Prizes. Donations of raffle prizes for indoor meetings are always welcome.


Copies of ABR 29 were posted out to all members around the middle of March. If you haven’t received yours by 1 April please contact Peter Hogbin .


Jim Dickson has stepped down as editor of the bird report after ABR 29 was published. Sincere thanks are due to Jim for all his work in editing the Argyll Bird Report and maintaining such a high standard since the publication of ABR 24 (2012). The Committee is considering revising the format of future reports and if anyone is interested in stepping in as editor please contact Jim in the first instance.