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Help celebrate 25 years of OSME

This year the Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME) will celebrate its 25th anniversary at the Summer Meeting in July. OSME 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.To celebrate 25 years of OSME, an exciting programme of speakers has been arranged. We are delighted that Adnan Budieri (Head of Birdlife`s Middle East Division) will talk about the latest issues in the region and Chris Bowden and David Murdoch will bring us up to date with the Bald Ibis discovery in Syria. Geoff Welch, past Chairman of OSME, will talk about the highlights of the first 25 years of OSME whilst Richard Porter, co-founder of OSME, will talk on `Turkish Nostalgia: tales from the 60s`. Middle East enthusiast, Ian Wallace, will entertain us with `Jordan in the 60s` and Tim Loseby will use his superb photographs to illustrate the birds of Turkmenistan.OSME will have their usual books, t-shirts etc for sale and Wildsounds will be bringing a wide range of books and sound guides. If you would like to order in advance please contact Wildsounds by email osmeagm@wildsounds.com or Tel: 01263 741100. Lunch will be provided for a small charge.The Summer Meeting will be held on Saturday 19th July at The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), 68-71 Newman Street, London, W1T 3AH. Doors will open at 1030hrs and all birdwatchers are welcome. For further information contact Dawn Balmer dawn.balmer@bto.org or Tel: 01842 766734, or look at the OSME website http://www.osme.org

4th July 2014