New Publication! A Guide to 200 Common birds of Lebanon

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OSME is pleased to announce the recent publication on the common birds of Lebanon.

Written by former OSME council member Richard Prior and published by SPNL (Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (www.spnl.org)), this new guide is in English and Arabic and has the primary objective of stimulating an interest in birds among young people, birding beginners, Lebanese families and tourists, thereby fostering a healthier attitude towards the country’s environment and an awareness of the need to protect the biodiversity within it. Its publication is a timely arrival given the Lebanese President’s recent plea for more protection to be given to the country’s birds and forests!

The 200 commoner birds to be seen in Lebanon are each illustrated with a colour photograph and painting. There is an explanatory text for each species, common and scientific names for easy reference and concise introductory sections on how, when and where to watch birds in Lebanon, the wonder of their migration and the threats they face.

As it represents an introduction for people discovering birds Richard has endeavoured to make the book attractive, accessible and informative:

Attractive      

Each species is illustrated by a colour photograph and painting showing different plumages, the illustrations are alongside the relevant species’ text.

Accessible    

The book features the 200 commoner birds seen in Lebanon and the text avoids using too scientific a language, so the reader is not “swamped” with too much choice of species or daunting terms.

Informative

As well as describing the appearance of each species (size, colour, shape if distinctive), the text describes other characteristics or habits and often names specific locations in Lebanon where the species might be seen. The introductory pages explain Lebanon’s importance for birds, particularly migratory species, the threats to the environment and wildlife and how to describe and identify birds.

A further key objective is to reach as big an audience as possible. At present, there is no such publication in Lebanon’s schools or bookshops.

The final objective is that the book itself will benefit the environment; any profits from sales will go to SPNL and A Rocha to aid their conservation work in Lebanon.

The guide is available via the “souk al hima” on SPNL’s website, Richard is also trying to find a way to bring a supply of the book to Europe to reduce postage costs for those ordering from outside Lebanon.

OSME is pleased to announce the recent publication on the common birds of Lebanon.

Written by former OSME council member Richard Prior and published by SPNL (Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (www.spnl.org)), this new guide is in English and Arabic and has the primary objective of stimulating an interest in birds among young people, birding beginners, Lebanese families and tourists, thereby fostering a healthier attitude towards the country’s environment and an awareness of the need to protect the biodiversity within it. Its publication is a timely arrival given the Lebanese President’s recent plea for more protection to be given to the country’s birds and forests!

The 200 commoner birds to be seen in Lebanon are each illustrated with a colour photograph and painting. There is an explanatory text for each species, common and scientific names for easy reference and concise introductory sections on how, when and where to watch birds in Lebanon, the wonder of their migration and the threats they face.

As it represents an introduction for people discovering birds Richard has endeavoured to make the book attractive, accessible and informative:

Attractive      

Each species is illustrated by a colour photograph and painting showing different plumages, the illustrations are alongside the relevant species’ text.

Accessible    

The book features the 200 commoner birds seen in Lebanon and the text avoids using too scientific a language, so the reader is not “swamped” with too much choice of species or daunting terms.

Informative

As well as describing the appearance of each species (size, colour, shape if distinctive), the text describes other characteristics or habits and often names specific locations in Lebanon where the species might be seen. The introductory pages explain Lebanon’s importance for birds, particularly migratory species, the threats to the environment and wildlife and how to describe and identify birds.

A further key objective is to reach as big an audience as possible. At present, there is no such publication in Lebanon’s schools or bookshops.

The final objective is that the book itself will benefit the environment; any profits from sales will go to SPNL and A Rocha to aid their conservation work in Lebanon.

The guide is available via the “souk al hima” on SPNL’s website, Richard is also trying to find a way to bring a supply of the book to Europe to reduce postage costs for those ordering from outside Lebanon.