Meetings & Events

The Club holds regular meetings at the Dean Park Hotel In Kirkcaldy (see adjacent map). The hotel is located just off the roundabout at the entrance to the the Kirkcaldy retail park (exit Kirkcaldy West from the A92 dual carriageway).

At past meetings, we’ve had a wide range of presentations covering local, Scottish and World birding related topics.

At a Scottish level, previous talks have included fascinating presentations about the birds of the Tay Reedbeds, the Esk Valleys, Colonsay and the Isle of May. Birding in other countries has often been featured and audiences have been informed about the attractions of places such as the Bahamas, Svalbard, Baja California, Bhutan and Andalucia. Sometimes the presentations have involved  a specific focus on aspects of bird behaviour e.g. migration, song and urban raptors. Speakers range from Fife Bird Club members to presenters who are well known on the Scottish birding scene as well as representatives of organisations such as the BTO and the RSPB. Non-members are welcome to attend and also have a chat to a Committee member about what else FBC has to offer.

The club runs a series of field trips each year. These usually take the form of several (usually seven or eight) day trips to sites in Fife or nearby and an extended outing to a further afield destination. In recent years, these have included Dumfries and Galloway, North Uist, Shetland and Norfolk. We normally car-share using members’ own vehicles but hire a minibus for some of the longer trips.
The benefits of attending the outings include the following:
  • Members get to go to unfamiliar destinations they might not otherwise visit, or even know about.
  • Birders of all abilities are welcome to attend club outings. The more experienced members are always willing to help newer birders with the ID of unfamiliar birds.
  • We are generally flexible with the outings and often have diversions from the original plan in order to see interesting or unusual birds which may have turned up nearby.
  • Outings help with the exchange of information about birds.
  • Participants make friendships with like-minded individuals.