Birding the Steppes and Mountains of Central Asia - Alan Peters

Kazakhstan is a vast country which borders Russia, China, Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan. Mainly steppe, it is sparsely populated, the main settlements being concentrated in the south eastern corner of the republic where the plains give way to the Altai and Tien Shan Mountains.

With a population of only around 17 million, one can travel and look for birds enjoying stunning empty spaces across the steppes and in the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Tien Shan.

There are great birds throughout, Pallas’s Sandgrouse and Demoiselle Crane on the grasslands, Ibisbill, Himalayan Snowcock, White-tailed Rubythroat and Guldenstalt’s Redstart in the mountains. White-winged Woodpecker, Azure Tit, Altai, Brown and Black-throated Accentors the list goes on . . .

HS2

Construction work on HS2 Phase One is due to commence in 2018, with completion scheduled for 2026. HS2 crosses the BOS area from Brackley to Southam via Chipping Warden. Read more ...

A survey where observers are each given a randomly selected 1km square and record all species and numbers of each for a minimum period of 2 hours between 9am and noon. Read more ...

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