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FORTHCOMING FIELD TRIPS

Saturday 29 September. Machrihanish Seabird Observatory and surrounding area. Led by Eddie Maguire (e-mail phone 07919 660292) and Rab Morton (e-mail phone 01586 551568). Meet Rab Morton in Campbeltown, at the Information Centre, which is at the top of the pier, at 11.00hrs. Car parking is on the pier or along towards the ferry terminal. After visiting good birding spots around the town the group will head for Machrihanish Bird Observatory to be shown around by Eddie Maguire. The trip will involve several short walks, each less than 500m. Please bring your own lunch.

Saturday 27 October. Sound of Gigha. Led by Malcolm Chattwood (phone 01546 603389. email ). Meet at Ronachan Point Car Park on the A83 (grid ref. NR741548) at 10.00hrs. Lunches will be available at the tearoom adjacent to the ferry at Tayinloan. The trip will include a short (5km return) walk up the shoreside north of Tayinloan after some rough ground at Ronachan viewpoint.

Saturday 24 November. Loch Gilp and Add Estuary. Led by Jim Dickson (phone 01546 603967. e-mail ). 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.

FORTHCOMING INDOOR MEETINGS.

Autumn Meeting and AGM 2018. Saturday 3 November at the Cairnbaan Hotel (http://www.cairnbaan.com/), near Lochgilphead (phone 01546 603668). The programme will be included in the September Eider. Lunches will be available in the hotel.

Spring Meeting 2019 (Scottish Birdwatchers Conference). Saturday 16 March 2019 in the Corran Halls, Oban. This will be a joint conference with the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Argyll Bird Club. There will be field trips on the following day. The programme will be included in the December Eider. It will include talks on Corncrakes (Bridget England), White-tailed Eagles and Livestock (Ross Lilley) and Short-eared owls (John Calladine).

Raffle Prizes. Donations of raffle prizes for indoor meetings are always welcome.

ARGYLL BIRD REPORT 28 (2016)

All members should have received their copy of ABR 28. If you haven’t, please contact Bob Furness (contact details on the back page).
We are still looking for folks to help on the editorial side of future reports, including writing/collating species accounts and proof reading.

EDITOR OF THE ARGYLL BIRD REPORT

Jim Dickson is stepping down as editor of the bird report after ABR 28 is published (see previous section). We urgently need a replacement editor. If anyone is interested please contact Jim.

THE ARGYLL BIRD CLUB’S WEBSITE HELP NEEDED

To keep the website updated takes a lot of effort. We urgently need more help with the ‘recent reports’ section, to cover periods when the usual compilers are on holiday etc. So, if you have any previous experience with maintaining websites or would like to learn how to, why not give us a hand. Without more help, the almost daily updates to ‘recent reports’ will become less frequent. If you are interested, please contact any club official to learn more about what is involved.

TREASURER AND MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY REQUIRED

After many years of efficiently managing the club’s accounts and membership data, Bob and Sue Furness are stepping down at the next AGM. So, we need someone to take over from this November. If you are interested, please contact Bob who will be more than willing to explain what the job/s involved.