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Stirling

Lapwing Vanellus vanellus ©David Mason Website

The Stirling council area is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland, and has a population of about 91,000 (2012). It covers most of the former county of Stirling (except Falkirk) and the south-western portion of the former county of Perth. Both counties were abolished for local government purposes. The administrative centre of the area is the city of Stirling.

The majority of the population of the area is located in its southeast corner, in the city of Stirling and in the surrounding lowland communities: Bridge of Allan and Dunblane to the north, Bannockburn to the immediate south, and the three former coal mining communities of Cowie, Fallin, and Plean

The remaining 30 percent of the region's population is sparsely distributed across the rural, mainly highland, expanse in the north of the region. The southern half of this rural area comprises the flat western floodplain of the River Forth, bounded on the south by the Touch Hills and the Campsie Fells. North of the glen lie the Trossachs mountains, and the northern half of the region is generally mountainous in character.

The area borders the council areas of Clackmannanshire (to the east), North Lanarkshire (to the south), Falkirk (to the south east), Perth and Kinross (to the north and north east), Argyll and Bute (to the north and north west), and both East and West Dunbartonshire to Stirling's southwest.

County Recorder

Chris Pendlebury

3 Sinclair Street, Dunblane FK5 0AH

07798 711134

chris@upperforthbirds.co.uk

Useful Reading

Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

Mike Madders and Julia Welstead - 297 pages, b/w illus, maps - Christopher Helm

ISBN: 071365693X

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Trip Reports

CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

Places to Stay

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…

Kilronan House - B&B Bridge of Allan

Accommodation

There is a great deal of information on what to see and do included on this site and on the booking page you can see comments from guests. Your hosts are Colin & Linda George

Organisations

RSPB - Forth Valley Local Group

Website

The Forth Valley Local Group of the RSPB covers a wide area including Dunblane, Falkirk, Linlithgow and Stirling in Central Scotland…

SOC Central Scotland Branch

Website

Secretary Roger Gooch, The Red House, Dollarfield, Dollar, FK14 7LX, Tel 01259 742326

Reserves

Inversnaid RSPB

Website

Satellite View

In the summer, pied flycatchers and redstarts breed here, along with resident birds. Buzzards nest on the crags in the wood and black grouse can sometimes be seen on the moorland…

Argaty Red Kites

Website

Satellite View

Here on our farm just north of Stirling, we run Central Scotland's only red kite feeding station where visitors can watch these exciting birds and their spectacular flying. The farm lies on the Braes of Doune in the area of Central Scotland where the RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage have reintroduced the red kite…

Central Scotland Forest

Website

The Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT) leads the partnership which is creating the Forest. It is supported by formal partners (the Scottish Executive, Scottish Enterprise and the LECs, the Forestry Commission, the area's five Local Authorities and Scottish Natural Heritage) and informal partners including local communities, voluntary organisations, the private sector and the area's farmers and landowners…

Blogs

Gillian Dinsmore's Bird Ringing Blog

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This blog is a diary of my bird ringing, nest recording and ring reading activities in the United Kingdom along with a few of my other wildlife adventures! I am currently a C permit bird ringer and nest recorder and have been since March 2010 I currently work on colour ringing projects on Reed Warbler, Coot and Black-headed Gull. I'm studying Ecology at the University of Stirling.