Welcome

Welcome to the website for the North Ayrshire RSPB Local Group.

Inside you will find information about our meetings and outdoor trips, along with copies of our Newsletter (dating back to 2004!) and information about our highly successful "Showing People Seabirds" project on the Firth of Clyde.

The RSPB is saving threatened birds and wildlife across the UK and overseas. With your support, we are creating a world richer in nature.

 

Calendar 2020 Photography Submission Guidelines

In our April newsletter, we introduced our theme for our 2020 calendar submissions and asked people to start thinking about and photographing their ideas for submission.

The theme is ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ for a broad spectrum of wildlife across the UK. We do ask that the submissions are native UK species, however we have opened up the gates for a wide variety of species; from insects to mammals and birds to bees. 

To set some other guidelines, here are a few other things you should consider:

Arran Bird Report - Available Now

Don’t forget, the Arran Bird Report 2018 is now available! 

This recent publication is a ‘must’ for anyone interested in the birds of Arran. It includes information on all species seen on Arran, a month by month summary of what was around last year, the impact of weather on birds, information on ringed birds, reports on some of Arran's bird projects plus some wonderful photographs.

Birdwatching in the Three Towns

Some people think that to see interesting wildlife, you have to travel for miles, but it’s surprising how many birds can be seen in the Three Towns area and how many unusual visitors have been spotted locally. Starting up at Ardrossan North Shore, you can see large waders like curlew, redshank and oystercatcher, while offshore you can find mallard, wigeon, mute swans and eiders. In summer, the female eiders bring their chicks in a big group (called a crèche) to feed on the rocky foreshore, finding safety in numbers.

40 Years and Counting - Big Garden Birdwatch 2019

This weekend brings us the 40th year of the Big Garden Birdwatch and we hope you can all get involved and make it the biggest year ever! It only takes an hour of your time and the information is extremely useful for watching and predicting trends in garden birds. 

Goldfinches at the feeder, photo by John Bridges (rspb-images.com)

Wildlife Friendly Gardening

One common question our group members often get asked is about feeding the birds – Group Leader Andy and wife, Jan have asked and answered the most pressing questions related to setting up your own bird café!

Why Feed? “Because it is good for the birds” is part of the answer but “because I enjoy it” is the other part. Watching birds is fun and they brighten up our gardens – especially in a miserable Scottish summer!

A new season awaits

It's been a while since our website was updated. But, we're still here! We've uploaded the latest edition of our Group Newsletter, along with a few missing editions. The syllabus for the new season has also been updated, with the first meeting on Friday 8th September when Paula Maughan & Susan Montgomerie will give a talk about Birds in Art.

 

Duncan Watt

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of past group leader Duncan Watt on Sunday 28th August.

Duncan was a driving force for the group for over 30 years and he will be sorely missed by the friends he made during his time as leader. He will also be missed in the wider community for his artistic achievements. Most of all, Duncan leaves a lasting legacy in nature conservation and education. We pass our deepest sympathies on to his wife Liz and family.

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