Bird Survey Courses

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) have organised two courses entitled ‘Skills and Techniques for BTO Bird Surveys and will take place in the Outer Hebrides this April.

On Thursday 20th April at the Dark Island Hotel in Benbecula
and
Saturday 22nd April at the Uig Community Centre on Lewis.

Both courses will run from 10am to about 4.30pm.

The courses will have a mix of indoor and outdoor sessions, some bird identification and some survey methods, and should be lots of fun!

The cost of the courses are subsidised to a nominal £5 for the day (to help cover refreshment costs).

Note: These courses are open to all – not only BTO members.

If you’re interested in attending please contact Anne Cotton at anne.cotton@bto.org to book on, or feel free to contact David Jarrett at the BTO for more information at david.jarrett@bto.org

Curracag AGM 2017

The date has been set for the 2017 Curracag AGM

Wednesday 8 February 2017, 7.30pm
Dark Island Hotel, Liniclate, Benbecula

The AGM will be an opportunity for members (new and old) to learn about the plans for the future and participate in the discussion. If you have any items/issues that you would like to see discussed at the meeting please email Chris Johnson the Curracag Chair: chair@curracag.org.uk to have it added to the agenda.

New and lapsed members are equally welcome to come along and join/renew on the evening. If you are a current member and have not yet changed your standing order to cover the full amount of the new membership fee you can also come along and pay the top-up amount.

Please come along and help us make the islands’ natural history thrive.
Hope to see you there!

Hebridean Naturalist – back issues for sale

There are a number of back issues of the society journal Hebridean Naturalist.

Copies can be purchased in the society’s online shop at: http://curracag.ecwid.com

Issues available are:-

  • Volume 9 – published 1987 – low stock
  • Volume 10 – published 1990 – low stock
  • Volume 11 – published 1993
  • Volume 12 – published 1994
  • Volume 13 – published 2000
  • Volume 14 – published 2004 – low stock – St. Kilda special
  • Volume 15 – published 2006

For a full list of the contents of all published Hebridean Naturalist see this useful PDF document compiled by the Outer Hebrides Biological Recording Group www.ohbrbiblio.org.uk/sites/default/files/HD.pdf

All copies are £5 each, this includes post and packing

There is a special offer of a 20% discount if you buy three back issues

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Back issues of Hebridean Naturalist

Facebook Group

INVITATION

We previously had two pages on Facebook – one for Curracag Uist and one for the Lewis and Harris branch. The committee have decided to streamline things a little so that it is less complicated. So, as from today we have started up a Curracag group. The group is public and anyone can see the posts. If you would like to share your Outer Hebrides nature/wildlife photos and sightings or need help with identification you will need to click on join.

The link for the new group is:- www.facebook.com/groups/CurracagGroup

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Membership

Join Curracag or renew your membership online.

To join and pay by Direct Debit please sign up with your name, address and bank details (please note that for security purposes we have no access to your bank details!). After signing up for the Direct Debit the membership secretary will contact you to confirm which membership category you would like to join.

The link to join and pay by Direct Debit is: https://pay.gocardless.com/AL0000P80XW0HP

Joining with direct Debit means that your membership will automatically renew each 1st January unless you cancel.

Memberships run from 1st January. If you join after the 30th September your membership will be for the remainder of that year plus the following year – in effect giving you up to three months free!

If you prefer to send us a cheque please make payable to “Curracag” and send to The Membership Secretary, Suthainn, Askernish, Isle of South Uist, HS8 5SY and include your name, address and email details.

We also have a number of back issues of our journal Hebridean Naturalist available for purchase in our online shop.

 

 

Links

Outer Hebrides Biological Recording (OHBR): www.ohbr.org.uk

RSPB

  • Scotland Headquarters, Dunedin House, 25 Ravelston Terrace, Edinburgh EH4 3TP, 01313 116500, www.rspb.org.uk/scotland
  • North Scotland Regional Office, Etive House, Beechwood Park, Inverness IV2 3BW, 01463 715000
  • Jamie Boyle, Uist Reserves Manager, 9 Grenitote, Isle of North Uist HS6 5BP, 01876 560287, Jamie.Boyle@rspb.org.uk

BTO

  • Regional Representative for Lewis & Harris: Chris Reynolds, 11 Reef, Isle of Lewis HS2 9HU, 01851 672376, cmreynolds@btinternet.com
  • Regional Representative for Benbecula & the Uists: Yvonne Benting, Suthainn, Askernish, Isle of South Uist HS8 5SY, 07501 332803, uistbto@gmail.com
  • Head Office: The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2PU, 01842 750050 (Fax 01842 750030), www.bto.org
  • BirdTrack: www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/birdtrack/bird-recording
  • BTO Scotland: School of Biological and Environmental Sciences Cottrell Building, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, 01786 466560 (Fax 01786 466561)

Local Bird and Wildlife Sightings www.curracag-wildlifenews.org.uk

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH): 32-34 Francis Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2ND, 01851 705258 (Fax 01851 704900) and 135 Stilligarry, Isle of South Uist HS8 5RS, 01870 620238 (Fax 01870 620350), www.snh.gov.uk

Scottish Raptor Monitoring Officer (raptors, owls & ravens): Brian Etheridge, c/o RSPB, North Scotland Reginal Office, Etive House, Beechwood Park, Inverness IV2 3BW, Brian.Etheridge@rspb.org.uk

Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC): Waterston House, Aberlady, East Lothian EH32 0PY, 01875 871330 (Fax 01875 871035), www.the-soc.org.uk

BirdGuides: www.birdguides.com

Highland Foundation for Wildlife: www.roydennis.org

 

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Sightings

Curracag have a Facebook Group which has information about latest wildlife sightings around the Western Isles. The group is also great for news about events discussion and/or help on identification. The information posted is accessible to all and if you would like to post you can join the group easily.

The group can be found at Curracag Facebook Group

See a selection of the latest posts:-

Any ideas on this caterpillar ? ...

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Hoping to identify these if anyone can help please. ...

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Climbing on my wall. Any idea? ...

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Thanks for the add, I got your postcard in Stornoway library. I don't live in the Hebrides but love it there. ...

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