Brendan_Kavanagh_picDr. Brendan is an Associate Professor of Human Biology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. From 2004 to 2012 he lived in Bahrain, frequently conducted research on local birds. He developed a ringing programme and trained the first local bird ringer and several expatriate ringers to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) standards.

Dr. Brendan is also a well published author; he has published several papers on Bahrain birdlife including a paper on the breeding performance of the Sooty Falcon on the Hawar islands. He has also published a book ‘Birds of Dilmun; an Introduction to the Birds of Bahrain’ with the help of sponsorship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Supreme Council for the Environment (Bahrain). Further information is available at

His interest and expertise in nature and environment is expressed in an understanding of the importance of back gardens for a host of wild species of animals and plants. How to manage this resource is of particular interest. It brings people into intimate contact with nature in a real and tangible way and helps many species survive in an increasingly hostile environment.


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