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ARGYLL BIRD REPORT Volume 31 – with Systematic List for the year 2019. This report is now available as a full colour PDF only
– see under ‘Publications’
2019 Machrihanish Seabird Observatory – annual report is now available – see under ‘Publications’
FORTHCOMING FIELD TRIPS AND MEETINGS – Update 19/2/21:
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.
FIELD TRIPS 2021
We were hoping to resume outdoor meetings in October 2020 as a trial, using a Covid-19 friendly format and provisional arrangements were made to hold a field trip around Loch Gilp and the Add Estuary on 31st October. However, the current situation and Scottish Government guidance has meant that we have put this trip on hold. Those members who had expressed an interest in the October field trip will be kept up to date by email if there is a likelihood the trip will subsequently go ahead later in 2021.
Please bear in mind that the situation can change quickly, so please check this page for updates.
INDOOR MEETINGS 2020 – 2021
Both the autumn 2020 and spring 2021 meetings have been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Instead we are trying something new—online Zoom meetings. For guidance on how to join a Zoom meeting see:
Additional details of how to join our online meetings (including a weblink) will be sent to members by email just before each meeting. If you aren’t yet a member please join
We have started the programme of meetings. Details of forthcoming events are as follows, all starting at 19.00hrs with the opportunity to join the meeting from 18:45:
Friday 5 March: Peter Roberts (Argyll Bird Club) – New Zealand’s Birds – Extinctions and Salvation to be followed by the AGM (for members only)
Apart from the AGM, each meeting will comprise 2-3 talks, each of approximately 10-20 minutes duration. If anyone would like to give a talk, please contact David Jardine or Nigel Scriven.
For the AGM meeting (5 March) please have handy, the papers for the AGM (published in the September 2020 Eider), and the financial accounts on page 4 in the December 2020 issue.
Friday 15 April at 19:45 for 20:00 start (Please note later start time):
The 2021 Argyll Nuthatch Survey Jim Dickson
Let’s go snorkelling again – update on Great Northern Diver feeding project David Jardine
Honey-buzzard British-wide survey 2020/21 Chris McInerny
Friday 20 May: Programme to be confirmed.
Should you be interested in giving a talk at an indoor meeting, please contact David Jardine (phone . Further details will be provided on this page, the Club’s Facebook page and via email to Club members.
We have chosen weekday evenings for these new ventures to avoid disrupting weekends.
Autumn meeting and AGM 2021. Saturday 6 November. Provisionally, this will 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 the September 2021 Eider. Please see the club website for updates.
Raffle Prizes. Donations of raffle prizes for indoor meetings are always welcome.
FUNDING FOR BIRD CONSERVATION PROJECTS IN ARGYLL
The ABC is willing to fund or part fund worthwhile bird conservation projects in Argyll. For example, help was given towards the costs of field work for the recent Seabird Monitoring Programme (seabird counts 2015-2019). More recently the club has helped to fund the provision of nest boxes for Grey Wagtails and Dippers in Kintyre and nest boxes for Swifts. Applications for funding should be submitted to the Secretary – .