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FORTHCOMING FIELD TRIPS

Saturday 21 April. Luing. Led by David Jardine (e-mail phone 01546 510200). Meet at Kilbrandon Church, Isle of Seil (grid ref. NM757155) at 09.40hrs. A visit will be made to the Atlantic Islands Centre at Cullipool for lunch. The trip will include walks of (await details) on gentle gradients.

Sunday 27 May. West Cowal. Led by Neil Hammatt (e-mail phone/mobile 07581 448861). Meet at Inver Cottage car park (NS007949) just off the B8000 to explore the west side of Cowal including Otter Ferry and Kilbride Bay. Numerous short walks of less that 1km on gentle gradients. Please bring your own lunch.

Saturday 28 July. Benmore Gardens and surrounding area (Cowal). Led by Steve Petty (e-mail phone 01369 810024). Meet in the Benmore Gardens Car Park (grid ref. NS142866) at 10.00hrs. Lunches are available at the cafe. Please let Steve know by 23 July if you would like lunch, so a table can be booked. Members of the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh are admitted free. Entrance fees for non-members are £6.50 for adults and £5.50 for concessions.

Saturday 25 August. Inver, Jura. This ‘exploratory’ outing will be led by David Jardine (e-mail phone 01546 510200; please contact David if you intend to go on this trip.) Meet at the Kennacraig Ferry terminal at 09.15hrs, returning to Kennacraig at 22.10hrs. It will involve a walk on tracks and the shore of around 10km. Please bring a packed lunch; an evening meal will be had in the Port Askaig Hotel.

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.

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.

COLL BIRD FESTIVAL 18-20 MAY

Is the Corncrake your nemesis? Has your best sighting just been a fleeting glance and you didn’t get that photo? Did you know that the best place to see the Corncrake, along with a host of other fantastic and often rare wildlife, is the Isle of Coll? And, the best time of year is late April to mid-May which is why we host Coll Bird Festival at this time of year.

Over the course of a 3-day weekend, Coll Bird Festival (in partnership with the local RSPB reserve) offers a variety of guided walks, boat trips, and talks. The ever popular Puffin trips to Lunga are back and new, for 2018, is a boat trip to Tiree, a hunt for Sand Lizards and/or Short-necked Oil Beetles, and an opportunity to listen to the enchanting night-time song of Coll at our dusk-watch. We also host a ceilidh and organise a beach clean with BBQ to finish off the weekend. Visitors can book a package deal or pick and choose individual events. For more information go to:

http://collbunkhouse.com/coll-bird-festival-2018/