Category: Guest Blogs

The illegal bird killing in Lebanon

Guest blog by Assad Serhal I am sure that many of you are aware of the huge problems of illegal poaching, trapping and trade of migatory and resident species in the OSME region. The...

A City Nature Reserve in Astana?

Guest blog by Stephanie Ward City Nature Reserve in Astana Back in the spring, the RSPB was invited by the UK Embassy in Kazakhstan to work with the UK Department of Trade and Industry...

Sustainable Hunting Conference in Lebanon

Guest blog by James Hogg I am sure anyone reading this knows that the hunting of birds in Lebanon as with elsewhere in the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa is a serious problem. Birdlife International in...

Where did Slender-billed Curlews breed?

Guest blog by Graeme Buchanan The number of fully documented slender-billed curlew nests ever found could be counted on one hand. And they all come from the turn of last century from near Omsk...

Wars and WildLife

Guest blog by Richard Porter Amidst the strife and turmoil that we hear about daily in the Middle East, there are always glimmers of hope. The fate of wildlife is often forgotten amongst the...

Migration study shows importance of IBAs

Guest blog by Majd Abu Zaghlan A new study has shown that Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in the Arabian Peninsula are vital for the successful migration of warblers that depend on wetlands. The study...

Guest blog from Assad Adel Serhal

OSME is pleased to invite Assad to write this guest blog and tell us about SPNL and their Hima conservation and education programmes. ​Assad Serhal has more than 25 years of experience in the...

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2: an appeal for help

Guest blog from Mark Eaton Good, appropriate conservation action relies upon knowledge. Knowledge of what species and habitats most need our help, knowledge of where these are, and knowledge of what needs to be...