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...

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A guest blog by Behrad Farkhondeh from Iran Since childhood, my father was taking me to see nature. He always wanted me to become interested in nature. We were going to climb mountains, valleys and forests near Tehran. When I...

Migrations: A field study of adversity

Guest blog by Derek­ Robertson  I am privileged to spend my days in wild and beautiful places painting birds. I am fascinated by them: by their abstract shapes, their song, their behaviour, their migrations. I have sketched...

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A Guest blog by Zülfü Ferecli Hi, my name is Zulfu. I am interested in wildlife from my childhood, and I remember that when I was a kid I loved watching documentaries on the TV and keeping...

The OSME Summer meeting and 40th AGM

In 1968, The Ornithological Society of Turkey (OST) was launched, and in 1978 its geographical remit expanded to become the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, with the addition of The Caucasus and Central Asia in 2001....

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A guest blog from Lyudmila Slobodkina of Uzbekistan I tend to look up more frequently… Since childhood, I took care of nature, but to take an active part in protecting the environment, I started only studying in the lyceum. I was a...

When a place is part of us, and we are part of it

Guest blog by Mervat Batarseh of RSCN Not too long ago, children used to spend most of their time in the nature playing and relaxing. Their connection to the place was solid, and it meant for them to preserve it. We...

Finding Steppe Whimbrels in the Middle East

Guest blog by Gary Allport A Steppe Whimbrel in Maputo in February 2016 was thought to be a female as she was large and very long-winged. Note the wing tip (primaries) extending well beyond the tail tip.  This...