A Guide to the Biodiversity of Deir ez-Zor Area

The following photographs are of Ahmad Aidak (Syria) showing his book A Guide to the Biodiversity of Deir ez-Zor Area to interested rangers and officials in the field. This book, written in Arabic and using photographs taken mainly by the author, was published in summer 2010 with financial support from OSME, Avifauna and SSCW (the Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife).

AFGHANISTAN Large-billed Reed Warblers discovered breeding

The breeding site of one of the world’s least known birds, Large-billed Reed Warbler Acrocephalus orinus, has been discovered in the remote and rugged Wakhan Corridor of the Pamir mountains of northeastern Afghanistan. The first specimen of the species had been discovered in India in 1867, with more than a century elapsing before the second discovery of a single bird in Thailand in 2006 first reported by BirdLife International.

Armenia news 2010

Bird of the Year

Within its ‘Bird of the Year’ annual campaign, the Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds (ASPB) has announced the Common Crane Grus grus to be the Bird of 2010 in Armenia. ASPB had carried out a public opinion poll, and respondents mentioned six bird species, namely Common Crane, Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos, Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus, Eurasian Black Vulture Aegypius monachus, Caucasian Grouse Tetrao mlokosiewiczi, and Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni. (Source: ASPB Newsletter Number 11)

Lesser Kestrel breeding success

Egypt Lake Qarun under threat

Birding Egypt on Facebook
Birding Egypt have opened a new forum on Facebook for all those interested in birds, birdwatching and bird conservation in Egypt. (Source: Mindy Baha El Din)
Lake Qarun under threat
Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE) warns that the Qarun lake protected area in the Fayoum oasis, one of Egypt’s richest and most treasured natural landmarks, is at grave risk of being destroyed. Rather than protecting this natural treasure, NCE asserts that the Egyptian government’s policies encourage overdevelopment and other destructive activities.

Georgia Batumi Raptor Count 2010

Since 2008 the autumn migration of raptors at Batumi on the east side of the Black sea has been monitored by teams of volunteers. Over 830 000 raptors have been counted in eight weeks. More information about the results and the history of the project can be found on its The 2010 counts will run from 17 August to 16 October and will also include a pilot count in Kazbegi. To register your interest please visit the website.

IRAN Waterbird monitoring in 2009

In January 2009, a group from Foundation Working Group International Waterbird and Wetland Research (WIWO) and the Iranian Department of Environment (DoE) took part in the International Waterbird Census to count birds in the most important wetlands in Iran. The 2009 census covered eight of the 30 provinces of Iran and produced a wealth of information, and the counters were lucky enough also to find the first Amur Falcon Falco amurensis for Iran.