It's almost time for the birdwatching event of the year - the British Birdwatching Fair, or Birdfair for short, or some even refer to it as the Birdwatcher's Glastonbury. Whatever you call it, it is the largest wildlife event of its kind anywhere in the world.
You can find OSME in Marquee 6, stand number 6. Here.......
Hopefully by the 15th August the marquee will actually be up! You can follow progress at our Twitter account @_OSME. Most of Council will be at Birdfair and we look forward to seeing as many OSME members as possible.
Would you like to volunteer bird ringing stations run by KuzeyDoga Society in the northeast of Turkey where 63,434 birds of 198 species ringed in only 8 years! Ringers are needed to help with the autumn ringing programme at Aras Station in northeast Turkey. Ringing will run from 15 August to 31 October and, depending on weather conditions, at nearby Lake Kuyucuk from mid-August to the end of September. Minimum participation must . . .
"As every autumn, the Batumi Raptor Count seeks interested birdwatchers to participate in this absolutely extraordinary monitoring camp to record the fantastic migration of raptors along the Eastern Black Sea Flyway, in Georgia.
DogaDernegi the BirdLife partner in Turkey are establishing long-term population monitoring of raptors on their autumn migration. They are seeking experienced volunteers to join the monitoring teams in Adana Province. The full details are given below and anyone interested should contact DogaDernegi directly via their website.
On the 1st of April 2014 The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI – Birdlife International Partner) hosted the first ever ‘Champions of the Flyway’ 24 hour bird race in Eilat. The event is a BirdLife International Migratory Birds & Flyways Programme initiative. Teams from all around the world competed for the much coveted title! The race was won by the Palestine Sunbirders;
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