Winter Talks

Next Talks

Our next talk entitled "Nature Friendly Farming at Argaty Red Kites" will be held online on Tuesday 1 December at 7.30 p.m. The speaker will be Tom Bowser, Head Ranger at Argaty Red Kites. Tom and his family run the Argaty Red Kite project from their farm near Doune. They aim to showcase the best of Scottish wildlife and nature friendly farming. In 2018 the project won the Nature Tourism Award at the Nature of Scotland Awards. To register for the talk please click on this LINK.

NB: As this talk will again be offered to all SWT Groups as well as non-members, it will be important to BOOK EARLY should you wish to "attend".

Past Talks 2020/21 Season

Tuesday 6 October 2020

Amphibians and Reptiles in Scotland

Chris Cathrine, Caledonian Conservation Ltd

Tuesday 3 November 2020

East Coast Sea Eagle Reintroduction

Owen Selly, RSPB's Conservation Officer - Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Tayside

This talk is now available to view on the SWT HQ's YouTube Channel at

Past Talks 2019/20 Season

Tuesday 1 October 2019

The Survival and Dispersal Strategies of Moths and Butterflies

Jo Davis, Butterfly Conservation, West Scotland Group

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Golf Course Ecology (a brief look at environmental management)

James Hutchinson, BIGGA (The Greenkeepers' Association)

followed by:

Sustainability in Golf (Our changing climate, resource efficiency and community engagement)

Carolyn Hedley, Scottish Golf

Tuesday 3 December 2019

Ancient Woodlands

Richard Thompson, Forestry and Land Scotland

NB: Questions, submitted in advance via our Contact Us page, would be welcome.

Tuesday 7 January 2020

The Work of the Scottish Raptor Group

Duncan Orr-Ewing, Head of Species and Land Management, RSPB, Scotland

Tuesday 4th February 2020

Our Catchment-wide Work on the Allan Water

Sandra Stewart, Project Officer for The Forth Rivers Trust Catchment-wide Work on the Allan Water

Tuesday 3 March 2020

The Secret Lives of Bats

Liz Ferrell, Scottish Officer, Bat Conservation Trust

Photograph: (C) Daniel Hargreaves/

We usually (in CoViD-19 free times) meet in Stirling Indoor Bowling Club (SIBC) in Forth Street, Stirling, FK8 1UE. This is a large grey building with a big car park behind and to the side. It is the next building along from the Ten Pin Bowling Centre. The entrance is the same as for The Stirling Wood Centre, the Indoor Bowling Club being on your left. Talks will start at 7.30pm with suggested donations of £3 (students/unemployed £1) including tea and biscuits.

Our talks are open to all, whether or not you are a member of the SWT or from our area. They are normally held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30 p.m.

Currently we deliver our talks via Zoom online meetings.

Past Talks 2018-2019

What do birds get up to? Technology, tags and trackers

Ben Darvill (BTO)

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Tag'n'Track: All you need to know about Lesser Black-backed Gulls

Hayley Douglas (Tag 'n' track development officer)

Tuesday 6th November 2018

The Flora of Central Scotland - 50 years of Change

Roy Sexton (SWT Stirling and Clacks) Combined meeting with Botanical Society of Scotland

Tuesday 4th December 2018

Perspectives in Marine Conservation

Linda Rosborough (Chair of SWT)

Tuesday 8th January 2019

Blood, Sweat and Deers

Lucy Webster (Wildlife DNA Unit at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture)

Tuesday 5th February 2019

Sir John Murray and Sir Wyville Thomson: Sons of the Forth and Leaders of the Great Challenger Expedition

Roy Sexton, Chairman, SWT Stirling and Clacks

Tuesday 5th March 2019

Short AGM at 7.15 p.m. followed at 7.30

Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels

Mary-Anne Collis (Conservation Officer, SWT)

Tuesday 2nd April 2019