Category: Guest Blogs

On Velvet Paws through Wild Kurdistan

Guest blog by Dr Lars-Uwe Kettner, German Consulate General Erbil, Iraq (July 2016 – July 2018) When one thinks of northern Iraq, conflicts often come to mind: the horrific crimes of the so-called Islamic State, death and destruction in Mosul,...

Doga: Fifteen Years in Bird Conservation in Turkey

Guest blog by Güven Eken​ Located at the junction of three continents, Asia, Africa and Europe, Turkey hosts an exceptionally rich and diverse avifauna. 485 bird species are recorded, of which at least 370 occur regularly. This accounts for...

FOR THE BRIGHTER FUTURE OF SOCIABLE LAPWING

A guest blog by Oleg Kashkarov The Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds started implementation of practical actions aimed at raising awareness of non-governmental and governmental conservation bodies, educational institutions and local communities of Kashkadarya region about Sociable...

Migrations: A field study of adversity

Guest blog by Derek­ Robertson  I am privileged to spend my days in wild and beautiful places painting birds. I am fascinated by them: by their abstract shapes, their song, their behaviour, their migrations. I have sketched...

When a place is part of us, and we are part of it

Guest blog by Mervat Batarseh of RSCN Not too long ago, children used to spend most of their time in the nature playing and relaxing. Their connection to the place was solid, and it meant for them to preserve it. We...

Finding Steppe Whimbrels in the Middle East

Guest blog by Gary Allport A Steppe Whimbrel in Maputo in February 2016 was thought to be a female as she was large and very long-winged. Note the wing tip (primaries) extending well beyond the tail tip.  This...