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Bird monitoring in the OSME region: a joint meeting of OSME/BOC/NHM, 21st November 2015

On the 21st November, OSME are teaming up with British Ornithologists' Club and the Natural History Museum to hold our first joint winter meeting. The meeting will be held at the Flett Theatre at the prestigious Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London. The doors will open at 10.00am and the proceedings will begin at 10.30.

There will be 6 excellent speakers throughout the day and the focus of the meeting will be on 

Mick Carroll aka “Pickering Mick”, 26 August 1947 – 21 October 2015

OSME, like many organisations in the ornithological world, are saddened to hear of the recent death of Mick Carroll, one of our staunchest supporters. Sal Cooke, an OSME Council Member, reflects here on the life and work of this most memorable chap.

Just yesterday (November 4th 2014) I had the privilege of attending the funeral service of Mick Carroll, a long standing OSME member, I had also visited him a number of times whilst he was installed

The 2015 OSME Region List and its underpinning taxonomy

The taxonomy in del Hoyo, J and NJ Collar. 2014HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World Volume 1: Non-passerines. (Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. 903 pages, hundreds of colour plates) employs the Tobias et al 2010 system of quantitative criteria for species delimitation (See on-line reference for free PDF). The Tobias system, which aimed to provide a working set of criteria that would improve consistency of 

OSME and the Birdfair 2015

Although it is a month since the UK Birdfair weekend, in many ways it seems like it was only yesterday! The Birdfair is one of the most important dates in the birdwatching calendar with conservation organisations, NGOs, and companies selling everything from books to optics to holidays, all converging on Rutland Water for the 3-day birders equivalent of Glastonbury.

Basra Reed Warbler update

As readers of this blog will know there has been much concern over the scientific claims made in a paper published in the journal Zoology in the Middle East. The manuscript and follow up publications can be found (here), and the full citations of the papers are at the bottom of this blogpost.

The Basra Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus griseldis) is listed as Endangered by the IUCN, and is a species that may in the future benefit from targeted conservation action. In the opinion of many scientists the methods used to reach the conclusions of the original paper highlighted below, did not reflect well established ornithological techniques. 

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