On the other hand, we're a network of volunteers across Scotland, gathering vital, impartial information about our country's wild birds. Recording and monitoring is our bread and butter; the SOC acts as the umbrella organisation for bird recording in Scotland, managing the Local Recorders' Network and the Scottish Birds Records Committee, the latter of which maintains the official Scottish List on behalf of the Club.
The Club operates two grant schemes; the Endowment Fund provides finance for the field study of Scottish birds, and The Birds of Scotland Fund is used to support ornithological publications and special projects. Find out more about what we do, here and click here to view the Club's constitution.  



Club Headquarters are at Waterston House, in Aberlady, where a small team of paid staff and group of dedicated volunteers facilitate the day to day running of the SOC, processing new membership applications, fielding enquiries, coordinating special birdwatching events like the SOC Annual Conference, and administering funding applications. Headquarters supports the multitude of volunteers around the country who are the very essence of the Club- running the local branches, gathering vital bird records out in the field, assimilating data, producing the quarterly members’ journal, Scottish Birds, and compiling regional bird reports. To the general public, Waterston House is a birdwatching resource centre (home to the largest ornithological library in Scotland), an events venue and wildlife art gallery.  

In March 2002, the SOC sold its previous Headquarters at 21 Regent Terrace in Edinburgh and began planning in earnest for the construction of a new purpose-built HQ.

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