Bird Watching

Group Leader:        Brian Lennox 01292 610471
Location:            Various
Day & Time:          Monday  Contact leader for timings and further information.

We are a small group with a mix of experienced and less experienced members.

Ayrshire and environs is very good for seeing birds, and over the last five years or so we have seen over 160 different species.

The group meets monthly from September to May, usually on the first Monday of the month, although sometimes there is an additional outing during the summer (eg to Ailsa Craig).

We visit various locations mostly in Ayrshire, but some are further afield (eg to Loch Ryan and Caerlaverock).

During the winter the emphasis is on coastal locations and inland lochs as these are where birds congregate, and then in the spring we hunt for woodland birds.

I produce outline programmes twice a year, which are e-mailed to members in August and December; the programmes also contains details of where we meet. For the more local outings venues may change at the last minute, depending on the weather and what is about.

While we don’t spend all our time looking for unusual birds, if there is one in the area we are likely to go looking for it. However, we always see lots of more common birds and are happy to help members identify these. The objective is to have an enjoyable time seeing birds, but also with help identifying birds both by sight and by sound, so both beginners and more experienced bird watchers are welcome.

A pair of binoculars is essential. Some outings involve walking a few kilometers so suitable outdoor clothing and footwear are advisable. In the winter, bird watching can be a cold activity so it is advisable to wrap up warm! Outings last all day, so food and drink are also needed.

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