Meetings of the Isle of Mull Bird Club,
for the 2019/2020 Season
The next Bird Club meeting is on Friday 21st February
An illustrated talk by John Calladine - "Short-eared Owls"
Saturday 22nd February - Field Trip to Ardura Woods
Friday 21st February 2020
Indoor meeting at Craignure Village Hall, 7.30pm. An illustrated talk by John Calladine - "Short-eared Owls" - John is a research ecologist at the BTO.
Change of Day - Due to poor weather on Saturday 22nd
Sunday 23rd February 2020
Fieldtrip to Ardura Woods and Croggan, led by Ewan Miles & Rachel French. Meet at Craignure Village Hall at 10am; returning to Craignure Golf Club for Tea/Coffee/Cakes at 4pm. Remember to bring a packed lunch.
Wednesday 26th February
Open afternoon at Lochdonhead Primary School - Making Bird Boxes for Ardura Forest - drop in anytime between 1.30pm and 3pm. Tea, Coffee and Home Baking available!!
Friday 20th March 2020
Indoor meeting at Craignure Village Hall, 7.30pm. An illustrated talk by Andrea Hudspeth from the British Dragonfly Society.
Saturday 21st March 2020
Eagle Day - Following the success of last years event, Jacqui and Mike Murphy will lead another trip to see displaying raptors. Meet at Craignure Village Hall at 10am, returning to Blazey's at 4pm. Remember to bring a packed lunch.
Friday 17th April 2020
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 7.30pm followed by an illustrated talk by Richard Clarkson on "Ravens". Richard is a ranger and naturalist for National Trust Scotland.
Saturday 18th April 2020
BTO Training Day. "Woodland Bird ID through Song"
Meet at An Roth at 10am.
Hone your upland bird identification skills, learn about BTO's recording schemes, and practice methods ahead of the breeding season
Brush up on your upland bird identification skills, with a particular emphasis on songs and calls. Learn more about opportunities for participation, and practice techniques for BirdTrack and the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS). Find out about the BBS ‘Upland Rovers’ scheme and how to get involved. The day will combine indoor and outdoor sessions (weather permitting) and will have a focus on improving confidence and skills to encourage participation.
This course aims to provide you with the following:
• Identification tips for a range of commoner upland and upland woodland birds. Participants are assumed to be able to identify the majority of upland bird by sight, given reasonable views, and we will primarily focus on identification by song and call
• Advice on learning resources and approaches to guide your ongoing development as a birdwatcher
• An introduction to BirdTrack, the Breeding Bird Survey, BBS Upland Rovers and other opportunities for participation
• Signposting to help you match your current birdwatching level with an appropriate recording scheme
• An optional overview of the BBS recording method and an opportunity to practice these methods in upland habitats
This one-day course costs just £10 (excellent value). It is specifically targeted to increase participation in under-sampled upland habitats, hence we are able to offer it at a heavily subsidised rate.
Refreshments are provided; but please also bring a packed lunch.