Curracag Talk - Western Isles wildlife, birds, plants, mammals, moths, butterflies, ticks

Winter talks

Curracag is pleased to announce a series of illustrated talks throughout the winter to be held at:-

Lews Castle College, Benbecula Campus, Linacleit, 7.30PM

Entry to the talks is free to society members / £2.00 non members

The programme of talks is as follows:-

Thursday 12th October 2017 – “Ticks” by Graham Charlesworth
Thursday 9th November 2017 – “Six Months in Manitoba: From Prairie to Tundra” by Yvonne Benting
Thursday 14th December 2017 – “Iceland: A Coastal Tour” by Peter Keiler & Gwen Evans

The dates for talks in 2018 are:-

Thursday 11th January 2018
Thursday 8th February 2018
Thursday 8th March 2018

Speakers and subjects are still to be confirmed for 2018

Flora of St Kilda - Western Isles wildlife, birds, plants, mammals, moths, butterflies

Just published! – Flora of St. Kilda

The Flora of St. Kilda by Professor Michael J. Crawley FRS

A5, full colour, 61 pages

£8.00 plus P&P (£5.00 plus P&P to Curracag members).

The author has been visiting St. Kilda for 25 years. This Hebridean Naturalist supplement includes:-

  • A list of the plants found in the most characterisitic habitats
  • An alphabetical list of the plants with habitat notes
  • Systematic list of the vascular plants
  • Distribution
  • Abundance
  • Discussion
  • Bibliography

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
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 to book on, or feel free to contact David Jarrett at the BTO for more information at

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: 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:

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

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

Hebridean Naturalist - Western Isles wildlife, birds, plants, mammals, moths, butterflies
Back issues of Hebridean Naturalist

Facebook Group


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:-

Eider - Western Isles wildlife, birds, plants, mammals, moths, butterflies


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:

Joining with Direct Debit means that your membership will automatically renew annually.

If you prefer not to shop online for either membership or Hebridean Naturalists we are happy to receive your order by post along with a cheque made payable to “Curracag.” Send to The Membership Secretary, Suthainn, Askernish, Isle of South Uist, HS8 5SY and be sure to include your name, address and order details.

Hebridean Naturalist and Supplement

Here in the shop we also have the latest issue of Hebridean Naturalist available to purchase (issued free to members!). We also have a selection of back issues. The recently published Heb Nat Supplement 1 – The Flora of St. Kilda is now in the shop – note, if you are a Curracag member you are eligible for a £3 discount on this publication.