The Birds of the Middle East

The second edition of Birds of the Middle East has just been published. Written by Richard Porter and Simon Aspinall, it will be reviewed more fully in OSME’s journal, Sandgrouse but is obviously absolutely essential for any visitor to the Middle East or for anybody interested in the region.

The book can be obtained through one of OSME’s corporate sponsors NHBS – use the link on this website or go directly to It can also be obtained from the publisher A & C Black ( who very generously gave two copies of the book to OSME for use as raffle prizes. One of these was won at the OSME Summer Meeting but the second one is one of the six prizes in the annual OSME raffle – to be drawn on 30 September. If you are interested in purchasing tickets at £1.00 please contact Ian Harrison ( Monies earned will go into the Conservation and Research Fund.

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