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ARGYLL BIRD REPORT Volume 30  – with Systematic List for the year 2018. This report is now available as a full colour PDF only
– see under ‘Publications’
2018 Machrihanish Seabird Observatory – annual report is now available – see under ‘Publications’

FORTHCOMING FIELD TRIPS

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 30 November. Loch Gilp and Add Estuary. Led by Jim Dickson (phone . e-mail . Meet at 10.00hrs in Lochgilphead at the Corran Car Park, opposite the caravan park, on the A83, close to the roundabout (A83/A816) at the western end of the town. Please bring your own lunch. The trip will include several short walks (each 300m maximum) on level ground.

Saturday 25 January. Danna (and Keills). Led by David Jardine (phone . e-mail . Rendezvous at 10.00hrs at Tayvallich Village Hall (grid ref NR741870). Please bring a packed lunch. Warm clothing and strong waterproof footwear are advised. This trip will involve walking around 5km on farm tracks, rough ground and the shore.

Saturday 22 February. Bute. Led by Ian Hopkins (e-mail mobile phone ). Meet Steve Petty at the Colintraive Ferry at 10.00hrs. We aim to share cars to take the minimum number over on the 10.30hrs ferry. Ian will meet us off the ferry on Bute. Please bring a packed lunch. The trip will include several short walks (each 300m maximum) on level ground.

Saturday 28 March. Sound of Gigha. Led by Malcolm Chattwood (phone . e-mail . Meet at Ronachan Point Car Park on the A83 (grid ref. NR741548) at 10.00hrs. We will catch the ferry to Gigha, if the weather is suitable. Lunches will be available at the hotel on island. The trip will include several short walks (each 300m maximum) on level ground, but a longer walk to Achamore Gardens on Gigha is possible.

Saturday & Sunday 2-3 May to Mull and Iona is being considered for a small group. They would catch the early Saturday ferry from Oban, explore the Ross of Mull and then to Iona, staying overnight at the bunkhouse, and catching the last ferry back to Oban on Sunday. If you are interested in attending this outing please let David Jardine (e-mail phone ) know by 20 December 2019 to allow him to assess numbers and to make the required bookings.

INDOOR MEETINGS

Spring Meeting – Saturday 14th March 2020. This will be held at the Burgh Hall, Dunoon (www.dunoonburghhall.org.uk/). The programme will be given in the December Eider.

Autumn meeting and AGM. Saturday 7 November. To be held at the Cairnbaan Hotel (www.cairnbaan.com), near Lochgilphead (phone ). Lunches will be available in the hotel. The programme will be given in a later edition of the Eider.

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