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 :- 

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


Saturday 27 April. Sound of Gigha. Led by Malcolm Chattwood (phone 01546 603389). e-mail . Meet at Ronachan Point Car Park on the A83 (grid ref. NR741548) at 10.00hrs and taking the 12:00 ferry to Gigha. Return fare is £5.40.  Lunches will be available at the hotel on Gigha. The trip will include walks of 2-3km on roads and tracks with gentle gradients.

Saturday 25 May. Taynish NNR, Ulva Lagoon & Loch na Cille. Led by Jim Dickson (mobile phone 07985726209. e-mail . Meet Jim in Tayvallich at the car park (by tennis court beyond the shop/café) at 10:00hrs. The Taynish section involves an 8km (5 mile walk) on relatively level ground. Some folk may prefer to meet at the Taynish carpark beyond (just south of) Lochan Taynish after 10.30hrs to reduce walking distance. Walk at Keills/Keillmore will be approximately 1km. Please bring your own lunch.

Saturday 1 June. Boat trip to count seabirds. Led by David Jardine (phone 01546 510200. e-mail . This will be restricted to 11 members (excluding David). The main purpose of this outing will be to carry out boat-based seabird counts around north-west Jura, Scarba and the Garvellachs for the National Seabird Survey. The boat will depart from Crinan. All participants will be asked to assist by counting particular species, and to contribute £25 each for the day. The boat hire will be part subsidised by the club. Please contact David before 10th May if you are interested in joining this excursion.


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.


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.