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Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre

Turf cutting for the Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre. Jack Aspinall (centre), NWT chairman, Martin Shaw (left) and HLF's Philip Venning. Jack used Simon's spade.
Simon, who died from Motor Neuron disease in 2011, made a very important contribution to ornithology and conservation in the Middle East and was a great supporter of OSME. When in the UK he lived in Cley, Norfolk and in his honour a wildlife education centre is being built at Cley nature reserve belonging the Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT).

The May 2014 issue of Wings and Waves, the Newsletter of the Society for the Protection of Wildlife in Lebanon (SPNL

http://www.spnl.org/wings-waves-spnls-newsletter-may-2014

Hima Anjar, a wildlife sanctuary and refuge to the Eurasian Penduline Tit, Remiz pendelinus By Dr. Ghassan Jaradi- Ornithologist Topics include: Wild animals filmed in Anjar province. Adoption of sustainable hunting plan in Anjar. Profitable yet bird-friendly agricultural practices in the Rift Valley / Red Sea flyway region Hima Anjar, a wildlife sanctuary and refuge to the Eurasian Penduline Tit, Remiz pendelinus

Latest on Aqaba Bird Observatory

a) To visit the observatory requires only a ticket, which costs 7 Jordanian dinars for a day. Tickets are obtainable from the tourist information office in Aqaba and from some of the main hotels.
b) The observatory is closed on Fridays and open on other days from 08.00. Last entry is at 15.00 and visitors must leave by 16.00. However, groups of five or more can stay longer – but only by prior arrangement with the Manager.
c) To access the observatory, head out of Aqaba on the airport road. Just short of the airport there is a left turn, sign-posted to Eilat. At this turning there is also a signpost to the Observatory. Follow the Eilat road for a few hundred metres to a military . . .

Vote for funding for the Batumi Raptor Trail development project (Georgia)!

Voting for funding from the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) - which nominated the Batumi Raptor Trail development project in Georgia - has now closed.
When OSME receives news of how the vote went, we will post the information on MEBirdnet and on the OSME website. Many thanks to all those who voted!
Further information on the project is available at: http://www.batumiraptorcount.org/

Biodiversity and conservation in the Middle East – Richard Porter and Mudhafar Salim, Nature Iraq, are two of the four speakers.

01/01/2014. The speakers at the next event organised by the Zoological Society of London as part of their Wildlife Conservation series. Richard will be talking on Socotra and Mudhafar will be talking on the Iraq Marshes. The title of this event is Biodiversity and conservation in the Middle East and will be held on 14 January from 18.00 to 19.45. Entry is free and open to all. Further details can be obtained from Megan Orpwood-Russell at megan.orpwood-russell@zsl.org or at the following link:

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