Bahrain birds and oppression

Today, from Bahrain not just, again, bad news on human rights violations.

This is a bluethroat video.

Also good news about birds mixed mith bad news about pollution; from Birds of Saudi Arabia (with bird photos there):

9 Jan 2012

Bahrain – Ringing at Alba Marsh

I went ringing again last Friday in Bahrain with Brendan and Nicole. This was our first ringing trip for three weeks but unfortunately the marsh is still in a polluted state with even more of the reed beds dead than when we last visited in early December 2011. Brendan has reported the pollution to the relevant authorities who will, hopefully, sort the matter out.

We set three 18 metre four panel mist nets and two single panel nets one 12 metres long and one short five metre one. We started ringing just after first light and things were quite slow to start with but picked up over the mornings ringing session allowing us to eventually catch 20 birds including four re-traps, three of which were caught in the first four birds trapped including a re-trapped Water Pipit (A. s. coutelli) which is only the second one re-trapped in Bahrain.

We only caught four species of bird, Bluethroat, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Graceful Prinia and Water Pipit and had a re-trap of each species. All the re-traps were ringed at the same site in November 2011 showing that the birds spend the winter at the same site. I am not sure if the pollution has reduced the number of birds at this site as there appeared to be a lot of birds about but they were mainly Water Pipit and Bluethroat with Bluethroats being numerous and all the birds caught being second calendar year birds (birds born last summer) and the majority of them being males.

Britain: [Royal Countess] Sophie won’t give back her tainted jewels gifted by bloody Bahrain, says Palace: here.

Bahraini diamonds not a girl’s best friend: here.

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    Palm trees decline threatens craft

    By BASMA MOHAMMED , Posted on » Sunday, August 25, 2013

    DWINDLING numbers of palm trees are threatening to wipe out a craft that goes back hundreds of years.

    Craftsmen, who weave traditional Bahraini baskets, say they are being forced to import palm fronds from neighbouring countries.

    Bahraini Saleh Salman fears the trade could be at risk of dying if authorities do not draw up emergency plans to save the trees across Bahrain, which was once known as the island of a million palm trees.

    “The situation breaks my heart as we now have fewer palm trees than we should be having,” he told the GDN.

    “Bahrain used to be home to one million trees and now we hardly have any.

    “It also brings sadness to us craftsmen, as we do not find resources to make baskets and other items.

    “It is sad as Bahrain was renowned for its palm trees and now we are forced to import them.”

    Over the past few decades, date palms across the country have been uprooted to make way for a concrete jungle in the capital.

    However, the 49-year-old is on a mission to pass on the craft – which supported his village Karbabad for generations – to youngsters keen to keep it alive.

    Mr Salman, who is a trainer at Al Jasra Crafts Centre, is urging authorities to implement a national strategy to protect the trees and the trade from extinction.

    “The country needs some sort of a plan which ensures more palm trees are grown,” he said as he spearheads calls to protect the trees.

    “Perhaps allow us craftsmen to help in having a protected area to plant palm trees and use what we need while keeping them alive.

    “This is our pride and we need to protect it for the future of our children.”

    The father-of-five learned the craft from his grandfather at the tender age of nine.

    He has taken it to a new level by developing the craft to make it relevant today.

    Letters, shapes, animals and Ramadan lanterns are some of the ways in which Mr Salman has reinvented the craft.

    Mr Salman said despite lack of resources the profession has received a record-high 3,000 orders since the start of the year.

    He believes people are prepared to revive the craft and hopes authorities will jump on board.

    “This year was definitely prosperous for us,” he added.

    “Most of the orders are for traditional baskets. The strangest are orders for oven dish covers, which were many.

    “This shows that people are becoming more appreciative of the traditional craft and want to revive it.”

    Mr Salman hopes to establish the country’s first school fully dedicated to teaching the craft.

    However, he is struggling to collect enough funds for the project.

    Baskets are made using branches from palm trees, after being washed and dried. Natural dyes are added to give vibrant colours to the branches, which are afterwards put in water to make them soft for easy braiding.

    The GDN reported in July that palm trees were threatened to be wiped out as a result of the red palm weevil pest, which has affected around 25 per cent of trees.

    Following the Eid holidays, authorities launched a project to exterminate the beetle which will initially cover 7,500 palm trees.


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