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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 7/12/22:

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 28 January. Loch Gilp and Add Estuary. Led by Jim Dickson (phone . e-mail ). Please let Jim know if you would like to attend to check that places are available Meet at 10.00hrs in Lochgilphead at the Corran Car Park, opposite the caravan park, on the A83, close to the roundabout (A83/A816) at the western end of the town. Please bring your own lunch. The trip will include several short walks (each 300m maximum) on level ground.

Saturday 25 February. Sound of Gigha and Skipness. Led by David Jardine (). Please let David know if you would like to attend to check that places are available. Meet at Ronachan Point Car Park on the A83 (grid ref. NR741548) at 10.00hrs.

Saturday 25 March. Bute. Led by Ian Hopkins (e-mail mobile phone ) and possibly Ron Forrester and Dougie Menzies. Please let Ian know by 10 March if you aim to go on this trip, to check that places are available. Meet Steve Petty at the Colintraive Ferry at 10.00hrs. We aim to share cars to take the minimum number over on the 10.30hrs ferry. Ian will meet us off the ferry on Bute. Please bring a packed lunch. The trip will include several short walks (each 300m maximum) on level ground.

Please bear in mind that the situation can change quickly, so please check this page for updates.

INDOOR MEETINGS 2022

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 –