Between 2008 and 2018, an international team tracked Bar-tailed Godwits from Oman to find out more about their annual routines, because we virtually know nothing about how godwits use this Flyway.
In addition, the local habitat use was studied, by which the importance of the Barr Al Hikman ecosystem for species such as bar-tailed godwits was highlighted.
The project is a collaboration between experts from Radboud University, University of Groningen, Royal NIOZ, Wetlands International, along with independent researchers.
In 2018, the team published the book ‘Barr Al Hikman: shorebird paradise in Oman’, simultaneously in English and Arabic. The photos are made by Jan van de Kam. The book can be viewed here.
The work was locally supported by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs of Oman, Sultan Qaboos University, Shell Development Oman and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Sultanate of Oman. Additional financial support was received from The Research Council in Oman (TRC), The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), The Natural Research Ltd, Wetlands International, Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME), Swedish Ornithological Society (SOF) and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).
Updates up to 2018 can be found on the Oman Barr al Hikman site.