Booklet of Protection of Migratory Birds in Lebanon

The Lebanese bird conservation community is increasingly successful in its struggle to protect the millions of migratory birds passing over their narrow piece of land along the eastern Mediterranean. A pdf booklet free to download has been...

OSME’s first online Winter Meeting: 23rd January 2021

Following on from the success of our first-ever online Summer Meeting using Zoom, we’ll be holding an online Winter Meeting on Saturday 23rd January. The full programme is now available here. The meeting will be held using...

Turkey’s Largest Egyptian Vulture Breeding Area

Guest blog by Şafak Arslan of Doga The Egyptian Vulture is globally threatened and among the species in most rapid decline across its range including the Eastern Europe populations. Previous studies by Doga (the BirdLife Partner in...

OSME’s 42nd Annual General Meeting

We held our first ever Zoom AGM on Saturday November the 28th and it was great to see so many members joining us from around the world. One of the few silver linings to the coronavirus pandemic has...

Steppe-Whimbrel

Finding Steppe Whimbrel in Abu Dhabi

Guest blog by Oscar Campbell – with thanks to Simon Lloyd The start of it all. It was this image that really got us thinking seriously that we might, at last, have got the cigar. The underwing...

Birds of Faynan, Past and Present

Steven Mithen, Fares Khoury, Ben Greet, Judith White and Nebras Maslamani. 2019. Birds of Faynan: past and present. Faynan Heritage. University of Reading, Reading, UK, pp197. ISBN 9780704915909. (In English and Arabic) Hardcopy price is uncertain: Amazon...

Helping European Rollers in Northern Cyprus

A guest blog by Amie Wheeldon on encouraging the re-establishment of European Rollers at breeding grounds in Northern Cyprus The European Roller Coracias garrulus is a charismatic species that was once more abundant in Cyprus, where it...

Tape lures maximise the slaughter of songbirds in Cyprus

Guest blog by Matteo Sebastianelli Crossing the Mediterranean Sea represents a crucial step for migrant birds every year as they travel between Africa and Eurasia. Mediterranean islands are the first landmasses sighted after hours of uninterrupted flight...