Written by BirdLife Community/BirdLife International
During the current Syrian Uprising, travelling even short distances around the country has become very difficult and is in many cases extremely dangerous. Vehicles are subject to frequent spot checks by security forces and, with tensions running high, travel has been heavily curtailed. Making a journey carrying the usual paraphernalia necessary to monitor birds such as binoculars, telescope and cameras creates additional complications and risks suspicion of anti-government behaviour, instant confiscation of equipment and, potentially, much worse.
Accordingly we have been assuming no records of migrating Sociable Lapwings or hunting mitigation activity would be recorded in the country this spring leaving a gap in the usual regular information we receive from the country.