The OSME Summer Meeting and 39th AGM

Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis

The OSME Summer Meeting and 39th AGM will be held at BTO Headquarters, Thetford, Norfolk on Saturday 1st July. Doors will open at 10.00am for members and non-members to meet old and new friends over coffee and cake. There is no charge for attending the summer meeting and non-members are most welcome. There is an exciting range of talks lined up focussing on bird conservation projects across the OSME region.

We have again arranged a meal at the Mulberry restaurant in Thetford after the meeting. All are welcome and we hope that you can join us. Bookings for the meal need to made in advance and please contact Irene Sabiniarz via email secretary AT  or mobile 07870747038 – from whom further details can be obtained.

The full programme is as follows:

10.00     Doors open

11.00     Introduction & welcome – Rob Sheldon, OSME Chairman

11.15     Environmental education in Armenia – Charlotte Beckham

12.00     A review of illegal bird killing across the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq & Iran – Rob Sheldon

12.30     Bird migration at Besh Barmeg, Azerbaijan: – Pia Fetting

13.00     Lunch break – A range of sandwiches and drinks will be available.

14.00   39th Annual General Meeting

14.30     Towards a better understanding of the distribution, abundance and conservation of steppe birds in Kazakhstan  – Johannes Kamp

15.15     Short break

15.30    Bar-tailed Godwit migration from Oman to Siberia – Roeland Bom

16.15    Important Bird Areas in the OSME region – Paul Donald

17.00     Drawing of raffle and closing remarks.

17.15     Close of meeting

There will be a raffle with a range of prizes and all proceeds will go towards funding the Smartphone App version of the recently published Arabic version of Birds of the Middle East.

Getting to the BTO

By Rail to Thetford Station Thetford is on the Birmingham-Norwich line. From London travel via Cambridge. Taxis are available at Thetford station.

By Road The Nunnery is on Nuns’ Bridge Road which is off the A134 to the south of the town. To obtain a map of the area visit and enter postcode IP24 2PU. There is a large car park at The Nunnery.

The full programme and agenda for the 39th AGM can be downloaded here.

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