Guest blog by Chris Bowden

Northern Bald Ibis: updates on the Eastern population

The conservation of Northern Bald Ibis has (for the first time in its history) been on a relatively positive trajectory in Morocco over the past twenty years, with almost a doubling of the wild population there to 116 breeding pairs, following a low of 59 pairs in 1997. There’s still no room for complacency

OSME at the British Birdwatching Fair

Over the weekend of the 19th - 21st August NGOs, charities, tour groups and about 20,000 people interested in birds descend on Rutland Water for the annual British Birdwatching Fair, aka The Birdfair. It is always an excellent event and OSME have been attending for many years. It is a great chance to meet members and those with an interest in birds of the Middle East, The Caucasus and Central Asia.

A Bridled Tern ringed in the Gulf found dead in Japan

A Bridled Tern that turned up dead in Okinawa Prefecture had apparently flown 7,500 kilometers to Japan from a small island in the Persian Gulf, the first confirmed case of avian migration between the regions.

According to the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, a foot ring showed that the bridled tern came from Nakhiloo Island in Iran.

The bird was found on a golf course in Nago in Japan's southernmost prefecture last October.

Iran bans the use of Diclofenac – a step towards safeguarding the future of Asia’s, Africa’s and Europe’s vulture populations

It has been known for some time that the veterinary drug Diclofenac has been the main cause of the unprecedented Asian vulture declines. OSME was therefore extremely pleased to learn of an important announcement made by Iran’s representative at the Second Meeting of Signatories (MOS2) to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), held 5-8 October 2015 in Trondheim, Norway. This concerns the prohibition of the drug in Iran, including its use, export or import.