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The 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 25 May. Taynish NNR, Ulva Lagoon & Loch na Cille. Led by Jim Dickson (mobile phone 07985726209. e-mail . Meet Jim at 10:00hrs in Tayvallich at the field by the Village Hall (by tennis court beyond the shop/café) which will be used as overflow car parking due to a coffee morning being held in the Hall.  Please note there will be a modest charge for parking to support the Village Hall. 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.

Saturday 27 July. Toward and South Loch Striven. Led by Alistair McGregor (mobile phone e-mail ). Meet Alistair at Toward Primary School Car Park (NS 1260 6755) at 10.00hrs. From Dunoon follow A815 through Innellan. The school car park is approximately 4km past Innellan. There will be three short walks of about 1km each on a mix of shore and track, suitable footwear is advised. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Saturday 31 August. Campbeltown/Machrihanish Seabird Observatory. Led by Malcolm Chattwood (phone . Email . Meet Malcolm in Campbeltown, at the Information Centre, which is at the top of the pier, at 11.00hrs.  Car parking is on the pier or along towards the ferry terminal. After visiting good birding spots around the town, the group will head forMachrihanish Bird Observatory to be shown around by Eddie Maguire. One aim of the trip is to witness Gannets on their overland journey (see March 2019 Eider, pages 16-17).The trip will involve several short walks, each less than 500m. Please bring your own lunch.

Autumn Meeting and AGM 2019. Saturday 2 November at the Cairnbaan Hotel (www.cairnbaan.com), near Lochgilphead (phone 01546 603668). Lunches will be available in the hotel. The programme will appear in the September issue of the Eider.

Spring Meeting, March 2020. We hope to hold this meeting in Dunoon. The venue and date will be given in the September Eider.

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

ARGYLL BIRD REPORT 29 (2017)

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 .

EDITOR OF THE ARGYLL BIRD REPORT

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.