Category: Guest Blogs

Bird trapping in Cyprus – an update

Guest blog by Guy Shorrock  In April 2020, BirdLife Cyprus published the autumn 2019 bird trapping survey. This suggests that an estimated 440,000 birds may have been killed within the survey area over the autumn. Whilst still...

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis

Expansion of Namaqua Dove in the OSME Region

Guest blog by Łukasz Ławicki Expansion and range extension of Namaqua Dove Oena capensis in the OSME Region has been going on for several decades. But in the last decade, this process significantly increased in pace. In...

A message from Tomas Axén Haraldsson

Youth development and Bird Camps update

Birds go on – birdwatchers on hold A message from Tomas Axén Haraldsson The current situation with the spread of the corona virus, and not least the consequences of all the emergency measures, has caused countries and...

Adult Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca. © Cansu Özcan.

Studying Imperial Eagles in Turkey

A guest blog by Cansu Özcan I am biologist Cansu Özcan from Turkey. I am a bird watcher since 2012 and I have been studying the Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca in Turkey since 2015.  I have...

The landscape at Naryn - Saker Falcon breeding habitat. © Maxim Koshkin.

Saving the Saker in Kyrgyzstan

My birding journey started a year ago when our Fauna & Flora International (FFI) team launched a pilot project on the Saker Falcon Falco cherrug in Kyrgyzstan.

A lady birder in Egypt

Guest blog by Basma Sheta I am Basma Sheta, from Damietta on the north coast of Egypt. I have a PhD in Zoology, specializing in bird ecology. The study of birds was one of the most beautiful...

Volunteering In Lebanon

A guest blog by Valentine Moser from Switzerland This autumn I spent two weeks volunteering in Lebanon in support of the project RaptorCountLebanon2019.  Watching from our viewing platform overlooking Beirut and the Mediterranean Sea was a great experience! I...

Studying Cyprus Wheatear

Guest blog by Patrick Styles Cyprus wheatear in the Troodos Mountains have been studied since 2009 by Prof. Will Cresswell (University of St Andrews) and a succession of PhD students. The first work was carried out by...