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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 18/6/21:
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 2021
As covid-19 restrictions ease, we are hoping to resume field trips. Government advice might mean that numbers are limited for field trips. 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 26 June. Kerrera. Led by David Jardine (e-mail phone (phone ). This will involve a walk round the northern end of the island, including some walking off track. Rendezvous will be at the Gallanach Ferry Terminal (map. ref. NM834283) and times will be confirmed to those who ‘book’ with David. Please wear strong footwear for a 7km walk on uneven ground and bring your own lunch.
Saturday 31 July. Add Estuary. Led by Jim Dickson (e-mail phone ). Meet at the car park by the Islandadd Bridge, Bellanoch at 10.00hrs. Walk on level ground to Crinan and back via bird hide, a total of 7km. The aim would be to find the first returning waders of the autumn as well as noting any young birds of various species on the estuary, and any passerines that we come across.
Saturday 28 August. Isle of Gigha. Led by David Jardine (details above) who will confirm rendezvous details to those wishing to take part, taking the ferry on foot over to Gigha. Lunches may be available at the hotel on the island. The trip will involve 4-5km walking on tracks and roads.
Please bear in mind that the situation can change quickly, so please check this page for updates.
INDOOR MEETINGS 2021 – 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:
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
The programme of Zoom meetings for Spring 2021 has now concluded with a programme for Autumn/Winter under consideration.
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.
We have chosen weekday evenings for these new ventures to avoid disrupting weekends.
Autumn meeting and AGM 2021. Saturday 6 November. Provisionally, this will 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 2021 Eider. Please see the this page for updates.
Raffle Prizes. Donations of raffle prizes for indoor meetings are always welcome.
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 –