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Bird enthusiasts to swoop to Moray


By Sarah Rollo

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MORE than 200 bird enthusiasts are expected in Elgin next month.

The Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC) and the British Trust for Ornithology have announced their annual conference will take place at Elgin Town Hall.

Hosted by the SOC's Moray branch, the March 21 gathering will be themed Northern Seas and Coasts to tie in with VisitScotland's 2020 Year of Coasts and Waters.

Razorbill, photographed by Moray Bird Club committee member, Richard Somers Cocks.
Razorbill, photographed by Moray Bird Club committee member, Richard Somers Cocks.

David Law, chairman of Moray Bird Club, urged anyone with an interest in marine wildlife to register.

He said: "This will be an excellent day with superb presentations covering a wide range of topics and delivered by experts. The event is aimed at bringing together professionals and enthusiasts alike from across Scotland and beyond to celebrate and learn more about the challenges that face birds in our northern waters."

Talks will provide insights into a range of issues affecting the northern marine environment and, specifically, seabirds.

As well as giving an overview, the programme will also focus on specific species of interest, such as Curlews, Arctic Skuas and Greenshanks.

Local experts Roy Dennis and Martin Cook will be speaking about Fair Isle and Spey Bay respectively and will explore the issue of the effect of plastics on seabirds as well as looking at the state of cetaceans in the northern seas.

For those attending the conference, there will be the opportunity to join one of five organised field trips taking place the following day – a chance to get out and enjoy the area’s local bird life.

Visit the conference's information page for more details and to book.

Arctic Skua, photographed by Moray Bird Club committee member, Richard Somers Cocks.
Arctic Skua, photographed by Moray Bird Club committee member, Richard Somers Cocks.

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