Category: News

OSME is now on YouTube

We have recently set up a YouTube channel to enable us to post video content that is relevant to the work of OSME and the birds of our wonderful region. The first video to...

OSME online Summer Meeting – programme & registration

OSME will be holding our first online Summer Meeting using Zoom on the 15th August. We have an exciting line-up of speakers from across the OSME region covering Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Socotra and central Asia....

OSME’s first online Summer Meeting – save the date!

Saturday 15th August: 10.30-12.45 (BST) One of the few positive things to come out of the global coronavirus pandemic is the rise of online webinars, meetings and conferences. Whether these will totally replace the...

Latest issue of Sandgrouse: free to download

Given the current extraordinary circumstances which have seen millions of people around the world confined to their homes, OSME has decided to make a pdf version of the Spring 2020 issue of Sandgrouse free...

OSME Summer meeting and AGM postponed

Given the current global coronavirus crisis, OSME have taken the decision to postpone this year’s Summer Meeting and AGM that was due to be held on the 27th June. We will wait to see...

The OSME Region List of bird taxa v5.2 is now available

Version 5.2 (available here) includes several species not previously recorded in the OSME region, such as African Crake Crex egregia (Eilat, Israel January 2020); its genus may change to Cecropis (Garcia-Ramirez et al 2020)....

Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus

Upcoming talk: The birds of the Arabian Peninsula

On the 18th February, OSME Chairman, Rob Sheldon will be giving a talk on the ‘Birds of the Arabian Peninsula’ for the International Association for the Study of Arabia, at the Institute for Archaeology,...

Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus

Vulture News from the Middle East

The following short vulture updates from across the Middle East are reproduced with the permission of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group. They are taken from the Vulture Specialist Group newsletter (issue 11). If you...

Sandgrouse now available as a Digital Edition

We’re delighted that after a period of significant trials we can now offer a digital edition of Sandgrouse free to all our members. It was enthusiastically welcomed at its Rutland Birdfair launch with many...

The 11th European Bird Curators’ meeting

Photo: the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History The 11th European Bird Curators’ meeting (EBC) will be held between the 24th and the 26th of September, 2019. It will be hosted by the Steinhardt Museum...

OSME at the Spurn Migration Festival 2019

For the first time, OSME will be at the Spurn Migration Festival, celebrating the spectacle of autumn migration. Visit the stand for more information on OSME and the region that holds some of the...