Although it is a month since the UK Birdfair weekend, in many ways it seems like it was only yesterday! The Birdfair is one of the most important dates in the birdwatching calendar with conservation organisations, NGOs, and companies selling everything from books to optics to holidays, all converging on Rutland Water for the 3-day birders equivalent of Glastonbury.
As readers of this blog will know there has been much concern over the scientific claims made in a paper published in the journal Zoology in the Middle East. The manuscript and follow up publications can be found (here), and the full citations of the papers are at the bottom of this blogpost.
The Basra Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus griseldis) is listed as Endangered by the IUCN, and is a species that may in the future benefit from targeted conservation action. In the opinion of many scientists the methods used to reach the conclusions of the original paper highlighted below, did not reflect well established ornithological techniques.
This November we are teaming up with the British Ornithologists’ Club and the Natural History Museum for a joint winter meeting focussing on “Bird monitoring within the OSME region”. It will be held at the Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD on Saturday 21st November. The doors will open at 10.00am and the first speaker of the day will be Nick Moran of the BTO, explaining “the value of BirdTrack as a bird recording tool in the OSME region.”
Gareth Bradbury & James Darke of WWT Consulting will introduce an exciting monitoring project
On the 4th July, as part of the OSME Summer Meeting, we also held our Annual General Meeting. OSME is a UK registered charity governed by a constitution (see here) that stipulates we hold an AGM every calendar year. The AGM is a crucial part of our Society's governance that allows members to question OSME Council on our annual accounts, the running of OSME and the election of trustees. For many years now, OSME has combined the AGM . .
OSME held its annual Summer Meeting on 4 July at the BTO Headquarters in Thetford. The theme of the day was illegal bird killing in the OSME region. Five excellent speakers gave a range of talks, and a summary can be seen (here)
The OSME region has its fair share of thinly-inhabited areas where knowledge of breeding distribution and how birds use such areas is poor to non-existent, primarily because of low observer density and lack of regular observation and monitoring. Yet in principle, designing research programmes to put right this deficit is straightforward. At sea, it’s a very different matter.
The easier part of developing knowledge of seabirds concerns the coastal waters of mainland and islands, but given that the breeding areas of Jouanin’s Petrel
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10th February 2018 Council meeting
30th June and 1st July 2018 Summer Meeting and AGM
Sandgrouse is published by OSME contains papers and short notes on the ornithology of the OSME region, provides bird and conservation news from the region and a comprehensive round up of bird sightings in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia.