The avid hunter turned pioneering conservationist

As a young man in Lebanon, Assad Serhal was a keen hunter. But after an encounter with a Bobwhite Quail and its chicks, Assad was so moved that he decided to change course and dedicate his life to conserving birds – millions of them are shot in Lebanon every year as they migrate. He’s now a significant figure in Lebanese conservation, and has founded the Society for the Protection of Nature and set up ‘hima’, protected areas for wildlife. He explained to Jo Fidgen why Lebanon is such an important place for birds.

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