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 would like to thanks all of those involved during the festival 2014. The festival in which took place 19th-21st Septmeber 2014, was a success with local artists, skills and knowledge. Lots of people local and visiting enjoyed many activites available across the weekend.

To view information and images of 2014 Bird Festival click here.

Latest Events

Annual Dalry Bird Festival

Watch this space for future events.

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?

Our aim as a non profitable organisation is to develop the Watson Bird Centre (known to locals as Barone) into a beautiful gallery, work space and outdoor area for educational and learning activities. This in return will give locals a 'hub' to meet up, socialise, enjoy local artists work and promote education about birds, art and the environment. It will help put St Johns Town of Dalry back on the map, encourage visitors, boosting our local economy and community.

We hope to deliver activites throughout the year, including workshops, films and outdoor education. We are open to any suggestions and ideas that you may have in order to help promote the project and raise some funds for the development. Our aim is to encourage local support and allow you to engage with the project as much as possible.

If you have any ideas or suggestions or simply would like to become involved in the project please contact us.

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