OSME Summer Meeting 2010

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The Programme for this year's OSME's Summer Meeting and AGM is now finalised. It will be held from 11.00 on Saturday 10 July at BTO, Thetford, Norfolk. Doors open 10.00. All welcome. Speakers include Simon Busuttil, Raffael Ayé, Manuel Schweizer, Azzam Alwash, Graham Lobley, Geoff Welch. Countries and topics covered include Afghanistan (Conservation in a Conflict Zone), Tajikistan (Discovery of Large-billed Reed Warbler), Iraq (Conservation Issues), Saudi Arabia (Birding in an Underwatched Country), Central Asia in general (Important IBAs). Join us for dinner at Watton’s Restaurant in Thetford afterwards. Contact secretary@osme.org for further details.

There is ample free parking. The bus station is about 10 minutes walk away and the railway station about 15 minutes. Road access is via the A11 London-Norwich road, connecting with the A14 from the north and Midlands. There are regular trains on the Birmingham-Norwich line, and also from Cambridge and London Kings Cross. We look forward to seeing you there. There is ample free parking. The bus station is about 10 minutes walk away and the railway station about 15 minutes. Road access is via the A11 London-Norwich road, connecting with the A14 from the north and Midlands. There are regular trains on the Birmingham-Norwich line, and also from Cambridge and London Kings Cross. We look forward to seeing you there.

Provisional Programme

11.00 Introduction – Geoff Welch, Chairman

11.15 Afghanistan - Birding and Conservation in a (post) Conflict Situation. Simon Busuttil

12.00 Large-billed Reed Warbler in Tadjikistan Raffael Ayé & Manuel Schweizer

12.45 Lunch break

A range of sandwiches and drinks will be available

13.45 32nd Annual General Meeting

14.15 Conservation Issues in Iraq Azzam Alwash

15.00 Short break

15.15 Birding Saudi Arabia Graham Lobley

16.00 Important Bird Areas in Central Asia – Geoff Welch

16.45 Drawing of raffle and closing remarks.

17.00 Close of meeting

We have arranged a dinner at Watton’s Restaurant in Thetford after the meeting. We hope you will be able to join us at this social occasion. Please let Ian Harrison know on 01545 571022 or by email at ianbirds@gmail.com – from whom further details can also be obtained.

A Final Programme will be available at the meeting.

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