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2019 Report

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 arrannaturalhistorysociety@gmail.com



2018 Report

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 arrannaturalhistorysociety@gmail.com



Previous Reports

from 2006

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.

Previous Reports

2005 to 1981

 These Arran Bird Reports published by the Arran Natural History Society are each available as a pdf download.

Click the year to down load the report for that year.

 2005   2004   2003   2002   2001

  2000  1999   1998   1997   1996

  1995   1994   1993   1992   1991

  1990   1989   1988   1987   1986

  1985   1984   1983   1982   1981
 

1980 Report

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.

Online Scottish Bird Report
Search Reports from all over Scotland
Online Scottish Bird Report (oSBR) puts hundreds of local bird reports (and over 100,000 species accounts) at your fingertips.  It’s easy to use: just select the species you’re interested in (plus the regions and the years if you want). Click here for more information on this excellent Scottish Ornithologists' Club initiative

1956 Booklet

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.


Other Publications

Arran Naturalist Commemorative Edition

The Arran Naturalist, the journal of the Arran Natural History Society, was first published in 1978.  In 2018 to mark this occasion the Arran Natural History Society published a commemorative edition which should be of interest to all with a love of Arran's fauna and flora. For more information click the front cover image on the left.

This commemorative edition is available from shops and other outlets throughout the island, priced £3.00 or directly from from the distribution organisers for the Arran Natural History Society at arrannaturalhistorysociety@gmail.com

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.

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