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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’

AVIAN INFLUENZA (BIRD FLU) – FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE LINKS BELOW

https://www.gov.scot/publications/avian-influenza-bird-flu/pages/dead-or-sick-wild-birds-what-to-do/
https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/disease-and-garden-wildlife/avian-influenza-updates/

FORTHCOMING FIELD TRIPS AND MEETINGS – Reviewed 2/8/22:

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

Field trips are currently limited to 20 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.

There is no field trip in July

Saturday 20 August. Seabirds from the Islay Ferry and a foray onto Jura. Led by David Jardine (phone . E-mail ). Meet David at the Kennacraig Ferry Terminal at 09.00hrs, for departure on the 09.45hrs ferry to Port Askaig as foot passengers. Disembark at Port Askaig and take the ferry to Jura for a picnic lunch on the island, then walk from Feolin to Inver (and return), a distance of 5-6km on tracks. Please take stout footwear and outdoor clothing. Return from Jura on the ferry to Port Askaig where we will have an evening meal in the Port Askaig Hotel. Return to Kennacraig on the 20.15hrs ferry, arriving at 22.10hrs. Return ferry fares are £14.50 to Islay and £2.00 to Jura. Please contact David if you wish to join this trip

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

INDOOR MEETINGS 2022

Saturday 5 November 2022, Autumn Meeting and Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be held at the Cairnbaan Hotel (www.cairnbaan.com), near Lochgilphead ( (phone ). Lunches will be available in the hotel. The programme will be included in the September issue of the Eider and displayed on this page when finalised.

Saturday 4 March 2023. Spring Meeting. The meeting will be held at the Cairnbaan Hotel (www.cairnbaan.com), near Lochgilphead (). Lunches will be available in the hotel. The programme will be included in the December issue of the Eider and displayed on this page when finalised.

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

ZOOM MEETINGS—AUTUMN 2022/SPRING 2023 PROGRAMME

Should you be interested in giving a talk at an indoor meeting for a possible Autumn 2022/Spring 2023 season, please contact David Jardine (phone . Further details will be provided on this page, the Club’s Facebook page and via email to Club members.

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

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 –