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ARGYLL BIRD REPORT Volume 34 – with Systematic List for the year 2022. Published on 21 Mar 2023 and available to subscribed ABC members.
ARGYLL BIRD REPORT Volume 33 – with Systematic List for the year 2021. This report is now available as a full colour PDF for download 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
FORTHCOMING FIELD TRIPS AND MEETINGS – Reviewed 4/9/23:
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 2023
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 30 September 2023. Ardentinny. Alistair McGregor (e-mail , mobile phone ) will lead a walking trip around Ardentinny, which will include woodlands and Loch Long shore. The walk will be on paths and forest roads and will be c.4-5km. Meet in the car park alongside the old church in Ardentinny at 10.00hrs. Please bring your own packed lunch. Please contact Alistair if you wish to go on this trip.
Saturday 28 October 2023. Gigha. David Jardine will lead a walking trip to Gigha which will involve a c.5km walk along roads and tracks. Rendezvous at the Gigha Ferry terminal at Tayinloan at 09.45hrs. Please let David () know if you hope to attend.
Saturday 25 November 2023. Loch Gilp and the Add Estuary. 10.00 hrs start at NR852857 Please meet Jim Dickson at the Ardrishaig car park (first car park with toilets coming from Lochgilphead direction). A short walk from there to look over out to Loch Fyne. A drive to the Islandadd Bridge at the Add Estuary and a short walk to the bird hide. A drive round to Crinan Ferry car park for lunch then drive round Barsloisnoch area to the Tile walk car park at NR825958 to look for woodland birds then head back to a final look at Loch Gilp and finish trip. Please contact Jim if you would like to go on this trip (phone . e-mail ).
Please bear in mind that the situation can change quickly, so please check this page for updates.
INDOOR MEETINGS 2023/2024
Autumn Meeting and Club AGM. Saturday 4 November 2023. The meeting will be held at the Cairnbaan Hotel (www.cairnbaan.com), near Lochgilphead (phone ). Lunches will be available in the hotel.
The programme for the meeting will be sent by e-mail to club members and displayed here just prior to the meeting.
Spring Meeting 2024. Saturday 9 March 2024. The meeting will be held at St Munn’s Church Hall, Dunoon. Details will appear on this page when available.
Should you be interested in giving a talk at an indoor meeting for a possible Autumn 2023/Spring 2024 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.
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 –