Review of Illegal Killing in the Mediterranean

OSME has been informed by BirdLife International that the preliminary results from the review of illegal killing in the Mediterranean are now available online for public consultation. As previously explained, Birdlife is inviting relevant Governments, international conventions, hunting organisations and others to review these results and provide any feedback, corrections or comments. 


The first breeding record of the Hypocolius for Kuwait and Arabia

The first breeding record for Kuwait and Arabia of the Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus was discovered in Kuwait at Jahra Pools Reserve on 30 June 2014. Two breeding pairs bred in the reserve, produced together five chicks. The first pair was first seen on 30th of June with two fledglings by Khaled Al-Ghanem, the manager of the reserve, who then discovered another pair at a stage of nest building, eggs then hatched producing three chicks. The photograph above shows an adult male and female feeding three chicks at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photograph by Khaled Al-Ghanem.

Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre

Turf cutting for the Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre. Jack Aspinall (centre), NWT chairman, Martin Shaw (left) and HLF's Philip Venning. Jack used Simon's spade.
Simon, who died from Motor Neuron disease in 2011, made a very important contribution to ornithology and conservation in the Middle East and was a great supporter of OSME. When in the UK he lived in Cley, Norfolk and in his honour a wildlife education centre is being built at Cley nature reserve belonging the Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT).

The May 2014 issue of Wings and Waves, the Newsletter of the Society for the Protection of Wildlife in Lebanon (SPNL

Hima Anjar, a wildlife sanctuary and refuge to the Eurasian Penduline Tit, Remiz pendelinus By Dr. Ghassan Jaradi- Ornithologist Topics include: Wild animals filmed in Anjar province. Adoption of sustainable hunting plan in Anjar. Profitable yet bird-friendly agricultural practices in the Rift Valley / Red Sea flyway region Hima Anjar, a wildlife sanctuary and refuge to the Eurasian Penduline Tit, Remiz pendelinus

Latest on Aqaba Bird Observatory

a) To visit the observatory requires only a ticket, which costs 7 Jordanian dinars for a day. Tickets are obtainable from the tourist information office in Aqaba and from some of the main hotels.
b) The observatory is closed on Fridays and open on other days from 08.00. Last entry is at 15.00 and visitors must leave by 16.00. However, groups of five or more can stay longer – but only by prior arrangement with the Manager.
c) To access the observatory, head out of Aqaba on the airport road. Just short of the airport there is a left turn, sign-posted to Eilat. At this turning there is also a signpost to the Observatory. Follow the Eilat road for a few hundred metres to a military . . .