Birds of Iran – An annotated checklist of the species and subspecies

This review was first published on Dutch Birding website and is reproduced here with the consent of the web-editors of DB and the author. Dutch Birding website: https://www.dutchbirding.nl/..checklist_of_the_species_and_subspecies Iran is one of the largest countries in the Western...

International Bird Observatory Conference 2019

International Bird Observatory Conference 2019

The first International Bird Observatory Conference (IBOC) was hosted by Falsterbo Bird Observatory in Sweden over four days in August of 2014. This was the first attempt to bring together representatives from the world’s observatories at a...

Interested in an organised birding trip to Lebanon?

Lebanon has the potential to be an excellent birding destination but there are currently few, if any, organised trips to check out the ornithological highlights. If anything, the country is better known for its high level of...

Hyaena records from across the OSME region wanted

Range maps for all 4 Hyaena species including the striped hyaena, spotted hyaena, brown hyaena and aardwolf, have not been updated since 1998. Until the end of 2018, the IUCN Hyena Specialist Group is compiling observation records for all...

The Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds

The Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds Passerines (2 Volumes). Hadoram Shirihai and Lars Svensson Volume 1: Larks to Warblers; 648pp Volume 2: Flycatchers to Buntings; 623pp Total weight: 5.2 kg (11.5 lbs) Price: £150.00, but there are discounted offers, by 20%...

Doga: Fifteen Years in Bird Conservation in Turkey

Guest blog by Güven Eken​ Located at the junction of three continents, Asia, Africa and Europe, Turkey hosts an exceptionally rich and diverse avifauna. 485 bird species are recorded, of which at least 370 occur regularly. This accounts for...

OSME’s Annual Report and Accounts 2017

OSME’s Annual Report and Accounts 2017

OSME’s Annual Report and Accounts were approved at our AGM at the BTO in Thetford, England at the beginning of July.  They are being submitted to the Charity Commission, the Charity Regulator in due course for publication...

FOR THE BRIGHTER FUTURE OF SOCIABLE LAPWING

A guest blog by Oleg Kashkarov The Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds started implementation of practical actions aimed at raising awareness of non-governmental and governmental conservation bodies, educational institutions and local communities of Kashkadarya region about Sociable...

Enjoying Iran’s Wildlife

Guest blog by Fardin Naziri I was born in countryside of Talesh county, at the edge of the Hyrcanian forests in the south-west of the Caspian Sea. The Caspian Sea was just one kilometer from our house and it...

Call for volunteers at bird observatories in the OSME region

Several of the bird observatories across the OSME region have regular openings for both volunteers, students and also paid positions. It is generally bird ringing or bird migration monitoring but also other activities. Below we list the...

Key Biodiversity Areas of Iraq

Key Biodiversity Areas of Iraq Nature Iraq Tablet House Publishing, 2017 Hardback, 297pp; colour photos, illustrations and maps ISBN 978-0-9886514-6-3; £49.99 A review by Mike Evans Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) is a conservation term that has only come...

I Love Nature 5

Guest blog by Jaden Pope A bird survey in Kuwait My name is Jaden Pope and I am from Johannesburg, South Africa. I came to Kuwait when I was four years old in 2007 and have lived...