A new FB group has now been set up appeal to members who like to use this media. Please share your photos, video clips ask for ID advice or share an experience with the group! To join this initially closed group please email Nigel Scriven :- 


Saturday 26 January. Kerrera. Led by David Jardine (e-mail phone ). This will be a walk round the northern end of the island, including some walking off track. Please meet at the Gallanach Ferry Terminal (map. ref. NM834283) at 10.15hrs, departing on the 10.35hrs ferry. Please bring your own lunch. Please advise David if you wish to join this walk.

Saturday 16 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 your own lunch. The trip will include several short walks (each 300m maximum) on level ground.


Spring Meeting 2019 (Scottish Birdwatchers Conference). Saturday 16 March 2019 in the Corran Halls, Oban. This will be a joint conference with the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Argyll Bird Club. There will be field trips on the following day. The programme will be included in the December Eider. It will include talks on Corncrakes (Bridget England), White-tailed Eagles and Livestock (Ross Lilley) and Short-eared owls (John Calladine).

Conference programme and postal booking form: BTO SOC_Conference_2019_Updated

ABC members will need to book via the BTO’s website ( or using the booking form found in the program posted above. The cost is likely to be around £30 per person. ABC members will be eligible for a partial refund of this cost by applying to our treasurer (contact details on the back page). You can find a booking form for the conference on the last page of this Eider.

A number of field trips/training events will take place on the day after the meeting (Sunday 17 March). Details of venues will be given soon.


For those attending the Conference, Oban offers a wide range of accommodation for those wishing to extend their stay.  In addition Argyll Bird Club members Darren Thomas and Karen Reader run a bed and breakfast on the coast overlooking Loch Melfort and a number of the Inner Hebrides at Arduaine, 19 miles south of Oban.  Preferential rates are available to those attending the Scottish Birdwatchers’ Conference and accommodation details are available at . For discounted conference bookings please contact Darren or Karen direct at  or

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 a later issue of the Eider.

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


All members should have received their copy of ABR 28. If you haven’t, please contact Bob Furness (contact details on the back page).
We are still looking for folks to help on the editorial side of future reports, including writing/collating species accounts and proof reading.


Jim Dickson is stepping down as editor of the bird report after ABR 28 is published (see previous section). We urgently need a replacement editor. If anyone is interested please contact Jim. Update – Jim will remain as editor for the ABR 29 (2017) report and work towards introducing significant changes of a simplified systematic list report in PDF format thereafter. If you want help or be involved please get in touch.


To keep the website updated takes a lot of effort. We need more help with the ‘recent reports’ section, to cover periods when the usual compilers are on holiday etc. So, if you have any previous experience with maintaining websites or would like to learn how to, why not give us a hand. Without more help, the almost daily updates to ‘recent reports’ will become less frequent. If you are interested, please contact any club official to learn more about what is involved.


After many years of efficiently managing the club’s accounts and membership data, Bob and Sue Furness are stepping down at the next AGM. Peter and Dorothy Hogbin have very kindly stepped forward to take over these roles and the club is very grateful to Bob and Sue for many years of excellent work.