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Oman breaks the 500 barrier!

Oman breaks the 500 barrier!

The Oman bird list now stands at 500 after the recent acceptance by the Oman Bird Records Committee of an adult female Brown Shrike at Ayn Hamran (Dhofar) as the 1st record for Oman. This was found...

Arabian Leopard Appeal, Eastern Yemen

Arabian Leopard Appeal, Eastern Yemen

While the Arabian Leopard Panthera pardus nimr is strictly speaking not within the remit of OSME, we feel that the conservation of its habitat in eastern Yemen also has a direct impact upon the avifauna of the...

OSME at the Rutland Birdfair

OSME at the Rutland Birdfair

OSME members are presenting on two occasions at this year’s Birdfair. In addition to giving a plenary lecture during the recent British Birdfair at Rutland Water, OSME Vice-President Azzam Alwash was interviewed by Charlie Moores on the...

World Migratory Bird Day Celebration and Nature Iraq’s Activities

World Migratory Bird Day Celebration and Nature Iraq’s Activities

This spring Nature Iraq/ BirdLife International organized several conservation-related activities. From 24-29 April, 2011 Nature Iraq/ BirdLife International, with help from Richard Porter ( BirdLife advisor for the Middle East), ran their sixth annual training course which...

NATURE CONSERVATION EGYPT(NCE)

NATURE CONSERVATION EGYPT(NCE)

LAKE QARUN IBA THREATENED BY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT Cairo, May 11, 2011–The Amer Group, the Egyptian real estate developer responsible for Porto Marina and Porto Sokhna, massive tourism developments along Egypt’s North and Ain Sokhna coasts, plans to...

Nature Iraq receives Takreem Arab Achievement Award in Qatar

Initiated in 2004 the Takreem Arab Achievement Award honours the best and brightest of Arab achievements. Nature Iraq was the recipient this year for their achievement in Environmental Development and Sustainability. The Takreem Award seeks to identify...

Jordan Birdwatching Club on Facebook

Jordan Birdwatching Club on Facebook

There have been a number of recent reports of indiscriminate hunting of migrant birds passing through the Middle East, ranging from White Storks and White Pelicans to small warblers such as Blackcaps. Regrettably this happens both on...

Socotra Buzzard enters Guinness Book of Records!

The Socotra Buzzard Buteo socotraensis has just entered the Guinness Book of Records as the newest bird of prey in the world! After spending more than a century without a name, the Socotra Buzzard Buteo socotraensis was...

Socotra Governance & Biodiversity Project

Socotra Governance & Biodiversity Project

As part of the activities celebrating the 2010 Year of Biodiversity and the Arabic Environment Day, the Socotra Governance & Biodiversity Project organised a series of environmental activities on Socotra. These included a drawing competition for schools,...

A Guide to the Biodiversity of Deir ez-Zor Area

The following photographs are of Ahmad Aidak (Syria) showing his book A Guide to the Birdlife Area to interested rangers and officials in the field. This book, written in Arabic and using photographs taken mainly by the author, was...

AFGHANISTAN Large-billed Reed Warblers discovered breeding

The breeding site of one of the world’s least known birds, Large-billed Reed Warbler Acrocephalus orinus, has been discovered in the remote and rugged Wakhan Corridor of the Pamir mountains of northeastern Afghanistan. The first specimen of...