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