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GPS for Atlas Project

Osme Buys Satellite Equipment For Turkey Bird Atlas

OSME has bought nine hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units for the Ku?Atlas? project for fieldwork for the new Turkey Bird Atlas. The award of ?1000 has been made from OSME`s Conservation and Research Fund that helps fund projects in the Middle East and Central Asia.Bahtiyar Kurt, organiser of the Turkey Bird Atlas commented Turkey is a vast country, and without satellite navigation aids it is difficult to carry out Atlas work in remote areas. This help from OSME will make a real difference to our work and will enable us to map bird distributions with greater accuracy.Keith Betton, Chairman of OSME said A major part of our work is finding ways to help local birders achieve greater results with their fieldwork. Apart from the obvious safety benefit of using a GPS in remote regions, these units will improve mapping accuracy and allow the fieldworkers to relocate isolated territories and breeding sites.For those who do not know about it, the Ornithological Society of the Middle East was formed in April 1978 as a successor to the Ornithological Society of Turkey and was expanded in 2001 to cover the Caucasus and central Asia. Its aims are to collect, collate and publish ornithological data on birds of the Middle East, the Caucasus and central Asia, encourage an interest in and conservation of birds of the Middle East, the Caucasus and central Asia and assist environmental and conservation organisations and natural history societies in and concerned with ornithological studies and activities in the Middle East, the Caucasus and central Asia.For further information Contact Dawn Balmer, 39 Station Road, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU. Tel: 01842 766734.E-mail: dawn.balmer@bto.org

4th July 2014