Oyster Catcher

Andalusian flowers


Hen harriers over roost

Forest Glen and Polharrow

Siskins and redpoll

Greenland White-fronted geese Loch Stroan

Shag Isle of May

Greenshank and redshank

Mallards on Earlston Loch

Welcome to the Watson Birds website...

The Watson Birds project continues on a number of fronts: walking and longer trail to Donald Watson’s bird painting sites, selection and publication of the winners and runners up of the annual Watson Raptor Science Prize, development of the garden area at 54 Main Street, St John’s Town of Dalry as the Watson Bird Garden, and preparation for an exhibition and talks by prize winners.

Latest Events

Presentations from the Raptor Science Supports Conservation conference available under Watson Raptor Science Prize Winner and Runner up for Watson Raptor Science Price 2017 announced under Watson Raptor Science Prize.

Sketches by Donald Watson

Over 120 examples of Donald's work have just been added to the Paintings page showing how his interests and style developed throughout his career.

Sketches by Donald Watson

What's next?

We plan to develop the land at the side of Barone into the Watson Bird Garden. We are working with Dalry School on the plans and are looking for volunteers to help us achieve our ambition.

The Watson Raptor Science Prize is now in its sixth year. The winner and runners up for 2016 were announced in September 2016. Details of all prize winners and runners up, and links to their scientific papers are in the raptor prize section of this site.

We are developing detailed proposals for funding of the project through the HLF Galloway Glens scheme, currently in its development phase. We hope that you will support our proposals and help them to be funded.

We are planning a day of talks by Watson Raptor Science Prize winners and runners up in central Scotland and to repeat this along with a book sale and paintings sale and exhibition in Galloway in spring 2017 so see this web site for further details.

The Donald Watson archive, formally kept in the family house at Barone, has now been stored in the secure and safe surroundings of the Dumfries and Galloway Council archive.

The plans for the development of the family home at Barone into a visitor and exhibition centre have been set aside as under no financial scenarios could they be made financially viable. We will consider alternatives at a later date once the house has been sold, as we will be able to keep the proceeds.

What is the Watson Birds Project?

The Watson Bird Centre and Celebrations Project, is based in St John’s Town of Dalry, Dumfries & Galloway.

It was initiated to bring the work of renowned bird artist Donald Watson to a wider audience.

It aims to inspire, enthuse and engage the local community and visitors of all ages and abilities and to encourage economic development by linking birds, landscape, arts, science & community.

Over 120 examples of Donald's work have just been added to the Watson Archive - Click here
Barone press release - Click here
Watson Raptor Science Prize papers - Click here
Events Press article - Click here
Walk brochure - Click here
Art Trail Leaflet - Click here