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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 3/5/21:
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
As covid-19 restrictions ease, we are hoping to resume field trips. Government advice might mean that numbers are limited for field trips. So, it is essential that you contact the leader of a trip beforehand to make sure a place is available.
If there is a chance that adverse weather might lead to the cancellation of a field trip, please check this page or contact the organiser the night before or prior to setting off. Please wear suitable footwear and bring waterproof clothing if rain is forecast.
There will be a risk assessment and safety briefing at the start of each field trip.
Saturday 29 May. Benmore Gardens and surrounding area (Cowal). Led by Nigel Scriven (phone email ). Meet in the Benmore Gardens Car Park (grid ref. NS142866) at 10.00hrs. Please bring your own lunch. Members of the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh are admitted free. Entrance fees for non-members are £7.50 for adults and £6.75 for concessions. The trip will include walks of 2-3km on paths, both inside and outside the gardens. There may also be a chance to visit a hide overlooking Holy Loch.
Saturday 26 June. Kerrera. Led by David Jardine (phone . This will involve a walk round the northern end of the island, including some walking off track. Further details will be provided.
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:
Thursday 20 May at 19:45 for 20:00 start
Redheads with eye-shadow Chris Waltho
Springtime birding on the Uists Neil Hammatt
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 this page 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 – .