App tells you where to watch birds in Scotland

If you’ve ever wondered where to get the best view of birds in Scotland, you are not alone!

By The Newsroom
Friday, 15th May 2020, 12:30 pm
Lock on flocks...app directs twitchers to the best sites in Scotland to find a variety of species. It has been a huge success since its launch in April 2019. (Pic: Steve Cox)
Lock on flocks...app directs twitchers to the best sites in Scotland to find a variety of species. It has been a huge success since its launch in April 2019. (Pic: Steve Cox)

For just one year after its launch, 10,000 people have downloaded the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club’s ground-breaking, free mobile app.

Where to Watch Birds in Scotland was launched in April 2019 with details of 400 of Scotland’s top birding sites and how to get to them.

The resource has grown by an astounding 40 per cent in terms of content since and now features more than 560 sites.

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Just before the lockdown, individual site accounts were being accessed a remarkable 20,000 times every month.

Even in confinement, birders have been using the resource to plan future birding trips or to search for places to exercise locally.

Ian Bainbridge, the SOC’s president, said: “We are delighted by the way the app has been received and is being used by thousands of birders every month.

“These are worrying and frustrating times for all of us and it will be important to follow official guidelines when restrictions on movement start to be lifted and we can begin birding again beyond our gardens and local parks.”

Established in 1936, the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC) has a network of 15 branches throughout Scotland and a growing membership of more than 3000.

Through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and events, the charity brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation.

To download the birdwatching app, visit www.the-soc.org.uk/about-us/app.