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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 26/9/22:

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.

Saturday 22 October. Toward and south Loch Striven. Led by Alistair McGregor (e-mail , mobile phone ). Please contact Alistair if you want to go on this trip, to make sure there are places available and to receive rendezvous details. There will be three short walks of about 1km each along a mix of shore and track, suitable footwear is advised. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Saturday 3 December. Loch Laich. Led by David Jardine (). Please let David know if you would like to attend There will be a walk along the cycleway from Appin Village Hall Car Park (NM 938460) and return, totalling 5km (3 miles), rendezvousing at 10.00hrs

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

Thursday 8 December (1930hrs). An ‘online’ evening with wildlife photographer, John Aitchison. Details about the Zoom connection will be sent out to members closer to the event.

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 –