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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 35 – with Systematic List for the year 2023. Published on 21 Feb 2024 and available for download by subscribed Argyll Bird Club members.
ARGYLL BIRD REPORT Volume 34 – with Systematic List for the year 2022. This report is now available as a full colour PDF for  download 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 11/06/24:

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 2024

Field trips are currently limited to 15 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 June. Sanda. This will be a day trip to Sanda using Mull of Kintyre Sea Adventures (www.mokseaadventures.co.uk), skippered by Haydn Chambers and led by Nigel Scriven. Transport is by a fast RIB (photo below). Places are limited to 12, so early booking is advised. Additionally, if we fail to get enough takers, the cost becomes uneconomic as the day charter cost will be split between participants. The cost will be £65 each if we fill the boat, £70 if there are eleven, £75 if we have ten, £84 if we have nine. If we have eight or less the cost increases even more, so becomes somewhat expensive, so the trip may not run. We will meet on the pier at the pontoon gateway, Campbeltown at 09.00hrs, returning around 17.00hrs.The last trip two years ago was full, but had to be cancelled because of adverse weather. Even in fairly smooth conditions there is the possibility of getting wet on the crossing, so good waterproof jackets and trousers are strongly recommended. Lifejackets will be worn and will be provided. We will walk on rough ground at times, so stout footwear is advised. Bring a packed lunch and a drink. We will take a route around the coast and across the middle. It is a peak time for breeding seabirds and the Sanda list includes Kittiwake, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Black Guillemot, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Puffin, Fulmar, Shag, Cormorant, Manx Shearwater and Storm Petrel. There may be opportunities to observe licensed bird ringing. Booking is essential, so contact Nigel (mobile phone , e-mail ).

Saturday 29 June 2024. 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 foot-wear is advised. Please bring your own packed lunch.

There is no field trip in July.

Saturday 31 August. Outing to Lismore. In a change to the normal visit to the northern end of Lismore, this walking outing (of 5-6km on paths, tracks and roads) will take the 11.00hrs ferry from Oban, returning on the afternoon ferry. Outdoor footwear and clothing required. Please let David Jardine ( ) know if you wish to attend so that he can advise about fuller details.

Saturday 28 September. An outing to Bute led by Alistair McGregor (mobile phone ,e-mail ). Please let Alistair know if you would like to go on this trip, to check that places are available. Meet Alistair at the Colintraive Ferry at 10.00hrs. We aim to share cars to take the minimum number over on the 10.30hrs ferry. The trip will include several short walks on level ground.

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

INDOOR MEETINGS 2024

Autumn Meeting & AGM 2024. Saturday 2 November. The meeting will be held at the Inveraray Inn, Inveraray (phone 01499 302466). Further information will be included in the September issue of the Eider.

Spring Meeting 2025. Saturday 8 March. The venue has not yet been decided.

Should you be interested in giving a talk at an indoor meeting for a possible Autumn 2024/Spring 2025 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 –