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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’

 

FORTHCOMING FIELD TRIPS AND MEETINGS – Update 7/9/21:

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 25 September. Toward and South Loch Striven. Led by Alistair McGregor (e-mail mobile phone ). Please contact Alistair for rendezvous details There will be three short walks of about 1km each on a mix of shore and track, suitable footwear is advised. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Saturday 30 October. Lismore. Led by David Jardine (phone . E-mail ) who will confirm rendezvous details to those wishing to take part. Please bring your own lunch. This trip will include walks of around 7km on roads, tracks and paths with mostly gentle gradients.

Saturday 27 November. Benmore Gardens and Holy Loch. Led by Steve Petty (phone . E-mail ). Would those wishing to take part please contact Steve before 25 November for rendezvous details. The trip will include a walk of 2-3km in Benmore Gardens and a visit to the Holy Loch Hide.

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:
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

ZOOM MEETINGS—AUTUMN 2021 PROGRAMME

We hope to hold more online meetings over the coming autumn-spring period. Information about the first meeting is given below. Details of subsequent meetings will appear on this page.

Thursday 7 October (talks start at 19.30hrs, but you can access the weblink from 19.15hrs).
Talk 1. David Wood will talk about Raptor mi-gration monitoring at Sarimazi, Turkey, for the Egyptian Vulture New Life Project.
Talk 2. John Bowler will talk about Birds of Tiree.

If the Indoor Meeting on 6 November is cancelled due to Covid-19 restriction, we will endeavour to run a zoom meeting in December to include some of the talks planned for Cairnbaan

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.

Saturday 6 November, Autumn meeting and AGM. The meeting will be held at the Cairnbaan Hotel (www.cairnbaan.com), near Lochgilphead (phone ). Lunches will be available in the hotel. We are planning to go ahead with the autumn meeting, providing the present Covid-19 restrictions do not change. However, we are probably going to be restricted to 50 participants, including club officials. So, we need you to e-mail our Membership Secretary if you would like to attend, stating how many places are required, and if you require lunch. Dorothy will then confirm to you by email if a place is available.
The programme will include a talk by David Jardine on interactions between Buzzards and eagles on Colonsay and some results from the ABC Nuthatch survey. Alistair McGregor will talk about encourag-ing children to look at wildlife and Nigel Scriven will talk on the seabirds of Sanda. A full programme will be posted on this website nearer the time.
Papers for the AGM will be e-mailed out to mem-bers prior to the meeting.

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 –