The annual Arran Bird Report for 2019 is included in this publication celebrating forty years of bird reporting on Arran. The changes in the report in these first forty years are outlined. There is an insight into the people who helped shape the report and the birds that help make Arran a special place are highlighted. The uniqueness of Arran bird life is featured, as are the changes in that bird life, together with a range of birding highlights from these first forty reports. In addition the first report, the Arran Bird Report for 1980, is included in its entirety together with the fortieth report, the Arran Bird Report for 2019. Overall it gives a fascinating insight into the birds of Arran.
For an article in the Arran Banner on 3 April 2020 click here.
This special version of the annual report is available from these outlets priced £5.00. With over 110 pages this is exceptionally good value. It is also available directly from the distribution organisers for the Arran Natural History Society priced £5.00 plus £1.50 p&p at email@example.com
The annual Arran Bird Report is a "must" for anyone interested in the birds of Arran.
It includes a summary of the year, the impact of weather on birds, information on ringed birds, as well as reports on all species seen and some of Arran's special bird projects. The uniqueness of Arran is reflected throughout the report, including the number of UK protected birds that share our island with us, as well as the differences between here and even the adjacent mainland.
This version of the annual report is available priced £5.00 plus £1.50 p&p directly from the distribution organisers for the Arran Natural History Society at firstname.lastname@example.org
These Arran Bird Reports published by the Arran Natural History Society are each available as a pdf download.
Click the image of the front cover to down load the text part of the report for that year. It does not include any of the coloured photographs used in the printed version.
2005 to 1981
In 1980, Maggie H. Dunn produced the first bird report for the Arran Natural History Society. There has been a bird report every year since then. The complete collection of annual reports is available for access from the archivists at the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum.
Click the image of the front cover to down load the report from 1980.
This booklet The Birds of the Island of Arran by J.A. Gibson was published in 1956 by the Buteshire Natural History Society. It is with their permission that it appears on this website.
Click the image of the front cover to down load the booklet from 1956.
A Historical Perspective
This material has been extracted with the permission of the author from "An Atlas of Arran Vertebrates" mammals, breeding birds, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fishes by J. A. Gibson, Chairman, Clyde Area Branch, Scottish Wildlife Trust and published by the Arran Nature Centre, Brodick in 1975. To view the extract click the image.
The extract is given solely as an interesting historical document. The validity of a number of the records is questionable.
Gazetteer of Arran Place Names
To help people making use of the annual Arran Bird Reports, this gazetteer of Arran place names, based on names from the Ordinance Survey Explorer Map 361 "Isle of Arran", has been produced and is available as a PDF download. Click gazetteer.
Arran Naturalist Commemorative Edition
Classic Bird Book
Two sought-after bird guides by the Rev. J. M. McWilliam, a founding member and Honorary President of the Scottish Ornithologists' Club, have been republished as eBooks. Proceeds are being donated to the SOC.
For more information click the image of the classic book.