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ABC FACEBOOK GROUP ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/1913276852095925/about/ )

A Facebook group has been set up appeal to members and others who like to use this media. Please share your photos, video clips, ask for ID advice or share an experience with the group!

ARGYLL BIRD REPORT Volume 32 – with Systematic List for the year 2020. This report is now available as a full colour or black and white PDF  see under ‘Publications’
2019 Machrihanish Seabird Observatory – annual report is now available – see under ‘Publications’

 

FORTHCOMING FIELD TRIPS AND MEETINGS – Update 29/11/21:

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 2022

As covid-19 restrictions ease, we are hoping to resume field trips. Field trips are currently limited to 15 participants 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 January 2022 – Clachan (Kintyre). Led by David Jardine (phone . E-mail ) who will confirm rendezvous details to those wishing to take part. Please bring your own lunch. The trip will start from Clachan Village Hall and involve a walk of 5-6km.

Saturday 25 February 2022 –  Holy Loch Hides. Led by Alistair McGregor (e-mail mobile phone ). We plan to visit the new hide on the north shore of Holy Loch (Kilmun), as well as the existing hide on the south shore. Please contact Alistair for rendezvous details. Please bring a packed lunch.

Please bear in mind that the situation can change quickly, so please check this page for updates.

INDOOR MEETINGS 2022

Both the autumn 2020 and spring 2021 meetings were cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Instead we held a series of online Zoom meetings. For guidance on how to join a Zoom meeting see:
https://www.the-soc.org.uk/files/docs/SOCZoomGuideforMembers.pdf

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

ZOOM MEETINGS—AUTUMN 2021/SPRING 2022 PROGRAMME

The Autumn programme of Zoom meetings has concluded and consideration is being given to holding Zoom meetings in Spring. Details of any subsequent meetings will appear on this page.

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.

Saturday 5 March 2022, Spring Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting. The meeting will be held at the Cairnbaan Hotel (www.cairnbaan.com), near Lochgilphead ( (phone ). Lunches will be available in the hotel. Similar to the 2021 au-tumn meeting, we will probably be restricted to 50 participants, including club officials. So, we need you to e-mail our Membership Secretary (contact details on back page) if you would like to attend, stating how many places are required, and if you require lunch. Dorothy will then confirm to you by email if a place is available.

The Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) will be about the club becoming a SCIO (Scottish Charitable In-corporated Organisation).

The programme for the meeting and papers for the EGM will be emailed out to members prior to the meeting, and posted on the club’s website.

Donations of raffle prizes will be welcomed and can be brought to the meeting on the day. Thank you.

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 –