The Nature of Iraq — from Marshes to Mountains


4th–25th July 2010 at the Birdscapes Gallery, Glandford in North Norfolk, England.
Presented by Nature Iraq and BirdLife International.


For the past six years I have had the privilege of working with young Iraqi conservationists to help them prepare for their wildlife surveys in a war-torn country. In July we will be celebrating their endeavours — and the wildlife of Iraq — at an exhibition kindly hosted by the Birdscapes Gallery in Glandford, North Norfolk.

The exhibition
The exhibition will show, through photographs, the wonderful scenery and wildlife of Iraq as well as tell the story of the work of Nature Iraq, the nature conservation NGO in Iraq, in a forgotten wildlife paradise. Over the last six years NI has made summer and winter surveys of the Mesopotamian Marshes, the western steppes and the woods and mountains of Kurdistan, to help identify the key biodiversity areas for conservation. In addition educational books on wildlife have been produced — including a field guide on birds in Arabic — and a programme started to tackle irresponsible hunting and persecution.

There will be a sale of prints, greeting cards and other items in support of Nature Iraq. There will also be a sale of specially commissioned paintings on the wildlife of Iraq, with all profits going to Nature Iraq.


Marbled Ducks for sale in Basra (© Nature Iraq)


Nature Iraq are instrumental in educating Iraqis about their natural heritage (© Nature Iraq)


Iraqi marshman (© Nature Iraq)


Hunting threatens many rare species in Iraq such as Houbara Bustard (© Nature Iraq)


The Talk

Nature under fire: conservation in IRAQ
an illustrated talk by Azzam Alwash, CEO of Nature Iraq & Richard Porter, BirdLife International
At the Harbour Rooms, Blakeney, Norfolk
7.30 pm on Thursday 8 July 2010
Retiring collection in aid of Nature Iraq



We hope you will be able to come along.


Richard Porter
30th Jun 2010