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Upcoming wildlife and biological recording events in SW Scotland. Also includes national events of relevance to wildlife recorders. Click on any event in the calendar to find out more.

For a broader picture of national wildlife recording events and activities check out the NBN website.

Upcoming events

SWSEIC Recorders’ Gathering 2020

SWSEIC is pleased to welcome everyone with an interest in wildlife and wildlife recording in SW Scotland to a spring gathering in Maybole on March 7th, 2020. The event will

BRC National Recording Schemes Meeting 2020

The BRC national recording schemes meeting will be held at the National Museum of Scotland on the 7th March 2020. Program details and booking information is available here.

Scottish Recorders’ Gathering 2020: Butterfly Conservation

The Scottish Recorders’ Gathering for Butterfly Conservation will be held at Battleby Conference Centre by Perth, on the 14th March 2020. Details and booking information will be available here.

Scottish Birdwatchers’ Conference 2020

The Scottish Birdwatcher’s Conference 2020 will be held on the 21st of March at the Elgin Town Hall, Moray. The programme and booking info for the conference will be available

Botany Group field meeting (Dumfriesshire) at Drumlanrig Woods

Topic: A chance to compare different conifers Location: Drumlanrig Woods Date and Time:  Thursday 16 April 2020, 1030 am Meeting place: NX858982 Leader: Chris Miles (, Tel: 01576 610303  Mobile

National Forum for Biological Recording

The National Forum for Biological Recording conference will be held at the World Museum in Liverpool on the 30th April – 2nd May 2020. Information is available here.

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Other regular wildlife-related local events

Meetings are in Hall B, Newton Wallacetown Church Hall, Main Street, Ayr on Mondays. Doors open at 7pm for a start time of 7.30pm prompt. For more information click here

The East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI) is a successful partnership between the local authority and conservation bodies, working with the community over the last 10 years to enhance, conserve, and promote the environment in East Ayrshire. Our three aims are:

  1. Environment – to enhance the natural environment and landscape within the CEI project area.
  2. Understanding – to increase understanding and appreciation of East Ayrshire’s wildlife and its value, providing and developing opportunities for learning about and experiencing wildlife.
  3. Engagement – to increase community participation in wildlife conservation, enabling local people to contribute to environmental improvements and develop new skills


Get involved with the CEI through our volunteering, events and education programmes and help make a difference to the natural environment in your community.

For more information about CEI, click here

Indoor meeting run through the winter months and are held on Friday nights in the Argyle Centre, Campbell Avenue, Saltcoats.

More details can be found here.

The SWT Galloway Group organise winter talks and a programme of summer walks and events. Talks are held on the first Wednesday of the month at Castle Douglas. For more information see the SWT Galloway web page or Facebook page.

SWT Ayrshire Group hold evening meetings on the third Tuesday of the month in Ayr. Details can be found on the SWT Ayrshire website.

The F.R.I.E.N.D.S. group was created in 1995 by Gavin McInnes as a vehicle for his community work in the town. The charity’s remit is to improve the wild green spaces in the town for the benefit of both people and wildlife. This website details some of the work the group have done and provides information on the wildlife we have recorded in the town’s urban green spaces.

For more information, click here

The West Galloway SOC Branch meet on Tuesday evenings in Stranraer during the winter months. More details can be found at the branch web page.

Website by Red Paint

SUP is registered in Scotland as a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. Registered address: The Southern Uplands Partnership, Studio 2, Lindean Mill, Galashiels, TD1 3PE. Company No. SC200827 / Charity No. SCO29475

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