Call for paper submissions for a two-day seminar Saturday May 13 – Sunday May 14 2017 at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, presented by the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE) in conjunction with the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants, part of the Royal Botanic Garden. Contributions are welcome […]

An identification app for the 133 bird species of Peramagroon Mountain in Iraq has just been released.  This is part of our Iraqi Darwin Initiative project and is designed to be an easy-to-use identification tool for education, training and monitoring purposes. The next step is to create a Kurdish language version.         […]

Richard Porter talks about this autumn’s Darwin Initiative trip to Kurdistan

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Richard Porter of BirdLife International explains how botanical work on Socotra has enabled the study of the islands birds.

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The 8th Plant Life of South West Asia conference starts next week. More details at or for late registrations contact

The dates of the 8th Plant Life of South West Asia conference have now changed. The symposium will now be held from the 1st – 5th July 2013 at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Details of the website with further details will be announced shortly.