FORTHCOMING FIELD TRIPS
Saturday 24 February. 2018. Loch Laich and Port Appin. Led by Mike Harrison (phone 01631 710656, e-mail ). Meet at the Appin Village Hall car park on the A828 (grid ref. NM938459) at 10.00hrs. Please bring your own lunch. This trip will include walks of 3km and 2km on roads, tracks and paths with mostly gentle gradients.
Saturday 24 March. Sound of Gigha. Led by Jim Dickson (phone 01546 603967. e-mail ). Meet at Ronachan Point Car Park on the A83 (grid ref. NR741548) at 10.00hrs. Lunches will be available at the hotel on Gigha. The trip will include walks of 2-3km on roads and tracks with gentle gradients.
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.
FORTHCOMING INDOOR MEETINGS.
The spring indoor meeting, will be held on Saturday 3 March 2018 at the Inveraray Inn, Inveraray.
0930 Doors open, coffee and tea
0950-1000 Welcome and introduction—Nigel Scriven, Chairman of the Argyll Bird Club
1000-1030 Recent bird sightings and photographs—Jim Dickson, Argyll Bird Recorder
1030-1100 Butterflies and moths of Argyll—Tom Prescott
1120-1210 Where can seabird tracking take marine conservation—Peadar O’Connell, Marine Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland
1210-1240 Birds, Ticks & Disease — Rachel Steenson
1240-1400 Lunch (available in the hotel, if required)
1400-1445 Argentina, land of contrasts—Steve Petty
1445-1500 Surveying Woodcocks—David Jardine
1530 -1600 BTO surveys and updates—Nigel Scriven
1600-1620 Raffle and closing remarks
Raffle Prizes. Donations of raffle prizes for indoor meetings are always welcome.
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.
ARGYLL BIRD REPORT 28 (2016)
The 2016 report is nearing completion and will be with the printers soon. We expect the report will be back in time for the spring meeting in Inveraray. Members will be able to collect their copy at the meeting, and non-members will be able to purchase copies. Copies will be posted out to members who cannot get to the meeting. 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.
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: