Monday 25th November comments: Following on from the blog post on Friday, the weekend event proved highly successful at the Scottish Ornithological Club (SOC) annual conference in Pitlochry. The weekend was a celebration of Scotland as a special place for birds, its habitats and the opportunities to enjoy them. As part of this the club presented its new smart phone app ‘Where to Watch Birds in Scotland’ (its free to download and use – well worth downloading).
As part of the conference a series of presentations were made by well-known Scottish ornithologists such as Prof Des Thompson (of SNH), Pro Rob Fuller, David Stroud MBE and Ken Shaw amongst others. The Isle of May was represented as I delivered a talk based on the seabirds and colonies of Scotland and (as you’d expect) the Isle of May featured heavily (it is in the premier league of seabird colonies after all!)
Scotland is an incredible place for seabirds with almost 5 million calling the country its home and it was great to talk about the birds and places that make it so special. The Isle of May roadshow will continue throughout the winter but next up on the blog; the seasons’ highs and lows as we look back on a good year.