In 2014, Nature Iraq, a BirdLife partner, are planning to undertake much needed research to learn more about the breeding behaviour and requirements, and to use this information to develop a species action plan and identify conservation actions. OSME will directly support ornithologists from Nature Iraq to undertake innovative research using remote nest cameras to monitor nest survival and breeding success of Basra Reed Warblers. The results will be used to inform future habitat restoration projects.
This year’s raffle prizes are:
1st Opticron Imagic BGA SE 8x42 binoculars (value £439)
2nd Naturetrek holiday voucher (value £250)
3rd Birdguides Breeding Birds of the Western Palearctic DVD (value £75)
4th Country Innovtion New Venture waistcoat (value £65)
5th Helm/Poyser books to the value of £50
6th Birdguides Guide to British Birds DVD (value £40)
Tickets, costing £5 for a book of five, are now on sale and can be obtained from the Treasurer, OSME, c/o The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL. However, if you are unable or would prefer not to buy tickets but would like to support this important project, you can make a donation to OSME by sending a sterling cheque to the Treasurer or by debit/credit card via the OSME website – www.osme.org. If you wish to use the website facility, from the Join OSME page of the site, click on the Use credit card link in the side bar and enter the amount you would like to donate in the appropriate box and then click Submit your subscription. This will take you to the checkout page where you can delete the subscription entry by setting it to zero and pressing Recalculate. Then click on Go to Payments to enter your details and complete the transaction. If you are a UK taxpayer, the value of your donation can be increased at no cost to yourself by Gift Aiding it. If you have not yet completed a Gift Aid form, a form can be obtained from the Treasurer.