Well, it seems like an age since Bird Fair 2014 and it was fantastic that OSME was again part of the 'birders Glastonbury'. The three days were as hectic as ever, with lots of opportunities to talk to members, friends and supporters. Catching up with some of our 755 members, is an important part of the Bird Fair. It is always interesting to get feedback from those that support our small, but soon to be growing, Society.
Matters came to a head when at an OSME Council Meeting in 2004 the question was raised as to which taxonomic authority OSME should follow in correspondence and publications. This came as a mild surprise because many Council Members knew the answer. Possibly a bigger surprise was that many of their answers differed! The majority response was that . . .
The Birdfair is now getting closer, and is less than one week away. Along with the Summer Meeting, the Birdfair is a great opportunity for OSME Council and members to meet up and discuss birds, birding and conservation in our region. The marquee is now up and the 5 day weather forecast from the BBC is looking promising - fingers crossed.
It's almost time for the birdwatching event of the year - the British Birdwatching Fair, or Birdfair for short, or some even refer to it as the Birdwatcher's Glastonbury. Whatever you call it, it is the largest wildlife event of its kind anywhere in the world.
You can find OSME in Marquee 6, stand number 6. Here.......
Hopefully by the 15th August the marquee will actually be up! You can follow progress at our Twitter account @_OSME. Most of Council will be at Birdfair and we look forward to seeing as many OSME members as possible.
Would you like to volunteer bird ringing stations run by KuzeyDoga Society in the northeast of Turkey where 63,434 birds of 198 species ringed in only 8 years! Ringers are needed to help with the autumn ringing programme at Aras Station in northeast Turkey. Ringing will run from 15 August to 31 October and, depending on weather conditions, at nearby Lake Kuyucuk from mid-August to the end of September. Minimum participation must . . .
"As every autumn, the Batumi Raptor Count seeks interested birdwatchers to participate in this absolutely extraordinary monitoring camp to record the fantastic migration of raptors along the Eastern Black Sea Flyway, in Georgia.
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