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ARGYLL BIRD REPORT Volume 30 – with Systematic List for the year 2018. This report is now available as a full colour PDF only
– see under ‘Publications’
2019 Machrihanish Seabird Observatory – annual report is now available – see under ‘Publications’
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. Applications for funding should be submitted to the Secretary – .

FORTHCOMING FIELD TRIPS – Update 19/3/20: Currently all now cancelled due to COVID -19

” With the serious and rapidly deteriorating Covid19 situation, and with advice and measures from government to restrict the virus spread and its consequences, it seems that nowt moment to suspend all Club meetings for the time being. Hopefully, birdwatching activities themselves will still be OK, provided that individuals can do so without putting themselves at risk, there are no new travel restrictions and social distancing advice can be followed. Current word from the BTO is that  it is OK for BTO surveys to continue, with these provisos.If circumstance improve we hope to be able to resume our monthly field trips, and that the Autumn meeting and AGM on 7th November will still go ahead, as planned, provided that the venue is still available.”

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 28 March. Sound of Gigha. Led by Malcolm Chattwood (phone . e-mail . Meet at Ronachan Point Car Park on the A83 (grid ref. NR741548) at 10.00hrs. We will catch the ferry to Gigha, if the weather is suitable. Lunches will be available at the hotel on island. The trip will include several short walks (each 300m maximum) on level ground, but a longer walk to Achamore Gardens on Gigha is possible.

Saturday & Sunday 2-3 May to Mull and Iona is organised by David Jardine and is now fully booked .

Saturday 30 May. Benmore Gardens and surrounding area (Cowal). Led by Nigel Scriven (mobile phone e-mail ). Meet in the Benmore Gardens Car Park (grid ref. NS142866) at 10.00hrs. Please bring your own lunch. Members of the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh are admitted free. Entrance fees for non-members are £7.00 for adults and £6.00 for concessions. The trip will include a walk of 2-3km on paths.

Sunday 28 June. Seabirds from the Islay Ferry. Led by David Jardine (phone . e-mail ). Meet David at the Kennacraig Ferry Terminal at 09.30hrs. The ferry departs to Islay at 10.00hrs, arriving at Port Ellen at 12.10hrs. The return ferry leaves Port Ellen at 12.45hrs and arrives back at Kennacraig at 14.55hrs.

INDOOR MEETINGS

Autumn meeting and AGM. Saturday 7 November. To be held at the Cairnbaan Hotel (www.cairnbaan.com), near Lochgilphead (phone ). Lunches will be available in the hotel. The programme will be given in the September edition of the Eider.

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