The Friends of the Environment Center in Qatar (BirdLife Partner for Qatar) have used both traditional and digital routes to create two guides to the nature of Qatar.
The first ever field guide book to the birds of Qatar and a mobile application – ‘Qatar e-Nature’ – which allows users to explore the rich and varied species of flora, birds and insects of Qatar on their smart phones.
“The field guide is dedicated to all bird lovers and watchers living in Qatar who are committed to bird conservation and wildlife protection,” said Dr Elsadig Awad Bashir, Head of the Qatar Bird Project, who compiled and edited both the Arabic and English-language editions of the guide.
Qatar e-Nature is available on Itunes and Google Play
The Field Guide to the Birds of Qatar has species accounts including illustrations for all 323 species found in Qatar. Additional information on the birds includes local names as well as their status in Qatar and regionally.
Qatar e-Nature, is designed for environmental awareness and education by incorporating interactive and engaging features, The app has been produced in collaboration with the corporate Sasol Qatar who have experience in South Africa of producing field guides for nature.
Source: Ade Long, BirdLife International