Bute Bird Group is a part of Buteshire Natural History Society and is for members of the society who have an interest in the varied bird life on the Isle of Bute. New members are always welcome.
Regular indoor meetings are held in the society’s meeting room within The Museum, Stuart St, Rothesay and a programme of monthly field trips is arranged for members to attend throughout the year.
The Bute bird list stands at over 200 species including wintering flocks of Greylag and Greenland White-fronted Geese and occasional rarities such as Little and Snowy Egret, and Black-throated Thrush.
There are a number of good birding sites on the island with a wide variety of habitat available to be explored. The many freshwater lochs are home to a good variety of wildfowl, the sandy beaches attract a number of wading species and the woodlands are home to many songbirds.
Bird hides are located at some of the best locations including Loch Ascog, home to Great Crested Grebe and other wildfowl, The Kirk Dam (Loch Fad) where Whooper Swan regularly winter and recently Gadwall were in residence, and Ettrick Bay, a great site for waders, wildfowl and a variety of seabirds.
A fourth hide has recently opened on the south side of Loch Quien, a freshwater loch to the south of Loch Fad where a wide variety of water birds can be viewed all year round.
The watercolour of the Hen Harrier in the Homepage was kindly produced by Brian Large, a local artist