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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 – Reviewed 11/5/22:
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 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 28 May. Taynish NNR, Ulva Lagoon & Loch na Cille. Led by Jim Dickson (mobile phone . e-mail ). Meet Jim meet beyond Tayvallich at the Taynish Car Park beyond (just south of Lochan Taynish) at 10.00hrs. The Taynish section involves an 5km walk on relatively level ground. Walk at Keills/Keillmore will be approximately 1km. Please bring your own lunch.
Saturday 25 June. Sanda Island. Led by Nigel Scriven (mobile phone , e-mail ). The boat is booked (Mull of Kintyre Sea Adventures) for the day. The maximum party size is 12, and the cost is approximately £70 per head if the trip is fully booked. Meet in Campbeltown Harbour at 09.30hrs, the crossing takes 30mins. Please contact Nigel as soon as possible for more details, and to book a place.
There is no field trip in July
Saturday 20 August. Seabirds from the Islay Ferry and a foray onto Jura. Led by David Jardine (phone . E-mail ). Meet David at the Kennacraig Ferry Terminal at 09.00hrs, for departure on the 09.45hrs ferry to Port Askaig as foot passengers. Disembark at Port Askaig and take the ferry to Jura for a picnic lunch on the island, then walk from Feolin to Inver (and return), a distance of 5-6km on tracks. Please take stout footwear and outdoor clothing. Return from Jura on the ferry to Port Askaig where we will have an evening meal in the Port Askaig Hotel. Return to Kennacraig on the 20.15hrs ferry, arriving at 22.10hrs. Return ferry fares are £14.50 to Islay and £2.00 to Jura. Please contact David if you wish to join this trip
Please bear in mind that the situation can change quickly, so please check this page for updates.
INDOOR MEETINGS 2022
Saturday 5 November 2022, Autumn Meeting and Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be held at the Cairnbaan Hotel (www.cairnbaan.com), near Lochgilphead ( (phone ). Lunches will be available in the hotel. The programme will be included in the September issue of the Eider and displayed on this page when finalised.
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
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.
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 –