Qatar Natural History Group

People, Nature, Culture

October Rambles: 

 Full Moon Ramble - 02-10-2020

October is fast approaching! We’re making plans for this new season, which includes a new procedure for online registration, and zoom talks. We’d like to kick off October with a full moon picnic. The outing is scheduled for this Friday, the 2nd, by a beach in the Northeast of the peninsula. We’ll explore the area and those interested can swim.
Meeting time 16:00 in Al Ruwais.

Sunset at 17:19
Moon rise at 17:55
High tide at 18:22

  • Due to soft sands and unpaved tracks, SUV or 4x4 necessary.
  • Due to the COVID-19 restrictions:
    • We’ll have a limited number of participants.
    • Masks and Ethiraz app are mandatory.
    • We do not recommend carpooling or having a potluck.

If you’re interested please send an email as soon as possible to our new ramble coordinator Ray Toh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include your name, number of participants, and phone number.  Further details upon registration.

Exploration of Al Mafjar Marine Environment - 16-10-20

Mostly because of the COVID restrictions, we were unable to secure our dhow trip for this week, and we apologize for this. We’ll keep this plan for another opportunity.

Katie Reeves has suggested a trip to a beach near Al Mafjar, early Friday morning.

We’ll enjoy some snorkeling and explore a small mosaic of habitats. It’s a great opportunity to discover the marine environment and learn with a specialist.

Please bring your snorkeling gear, and a pair of gloves, because we may also get a chance to clean the beach of plastic.

SUV or 4x4 preferred – the last stretch may be challenging for sedans.

Meeting time is at 6:00 am up North – leaving Doha around 5:00 am.

Registration is mandatory, the number of participants is limited.

Send an email as soon as possible to one of our new ramble coordinators This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Include your name, number of participants, and phone number.

Global Big Day - Al Karaana Lagoon 17-10-20

Location: Karaana Lagoon
Gathering Time and Place: 05:30am, Salwa Road
Duration: 2 – 3 hrs
Trip Leader & Coordinator: Omer Bin Abdul Aziz, QNHG

Trip Registration

Registration is mandatory, contact our birding coordinator Omer Bin Abdul Aziz. The number of participants is limited. Include your name, number of participants, and phone number and your ID number.

We are very happy to be supporting the eBird October Big Day with the support of Ashghal teams. It’s going to be an early start on Saturday 17 October. We are fortunate to have been granted access to the redeveloped Al Karaana lagoons. Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, we have limited places, so please register as soon as possible

What to bring?

Plenty of water & Snacks
Sun Protection: sun glasses, hat & sunscreen
Camera, Binoculars
Bird references book

Stargazing & Camping  23-10-20

October 23rd should be a good date for an evening sky ramble. Hopefully we should be able to enjoy the cool weather and observe a few meteors from the Orionids (which peak today!), the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.
We’ll be heading South down Salwa Road for this exciting evening. That will allow us to avoid light pollution as much as possible.

4x4 is not necessary, but the last stretch is a rocky path, but sedans should be ok, driving carefully.

Meeting time: from 16:000, so that we can enjoy the sunset and picnic as the night settles in.
Sunset at 16:59
Moonset at 23:06

You can leave at your convenience. Some members have expressed the desire to spend the night and camp on the spot. Feel free to join.


Registration is mandatory, the number of participants is limited.  To register, please send an email to our ramble coordinator : Omer Bin Abdul AzizThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Include your name, number of participants, phone number, membership status and share whether you’re planning to camp.

What to Bring?

  •  Red LED headlamp/light,
  • camping chair/bed
  • DSLR camera with a tripod for milky-way photography. (How to take milky-way and star-shots will be demonstrated.)


We will have a star walk as the night falls. We will try to see the following constellations /asterisms
1. Scorpio
2. Sagittarius
3. Cygnus - the Swan
4. Lyra - The harp
5. Pegasus - the flying horse
6. Cassiopeia - the queen
7. Orion - the Hunter
8. Summer Triangle

Apart from that, keen eye observers will be able to see
1. Milky Way
2. Andromeda galaxy
3. Orion Nebula
4. Pleiades - the seven sisters

Desert Driving 30-10-20 - 

Location: Sealine / Khor Al Udaid
Gathering Time and place: 09:00 at Sealine
Duration: 7 hours
Trip Leaders: Caleb Ruth, 
Trip Coordinator: Ray Toh, QNHG

How to register: contact the QNHG coordinator Ray Toh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration is mandatory, the number of participants is limited. Include your name, number of participants, and phone number.

Please note we are restricted to 12 vehicles on first come basis.


Driving in the desert is a key part of enjoying the outdoors and exploring the nature and history of Qatar. Many of our rambles involve travelling to remote and off-road areas of Qatar.

This event, kindly hosted by experienced off-road driver and marshal Caleb Ruth, will provide practical advice and instruction on the basics of driving safely and responsibly in sand dunes and mixed terrain, including equipment, driving techniques and recovery.

Caleb, supported by additional marshals from the Dune Riders off-roading club, will guide us through the theory and practice of driving in sand, minimizing environmental impact, and enjoying safe and responsible off-road excursions. All participants must agree to follow the instructions of the marshals at all times.

What to bring?

  • 4WD vehicle – must have 4H & 4L settings
  • Qatar driving license & auto registration (Istimara)
  • Full tank of petrol. (There is now a Wooqod petrol station, at Sealine)
  • Spare tire, jack, fire extinguisher, shovel, & first aid kit
  • Plenty of water (4L per person minimum), snacks & lunch
  • Hat, sunscreen & beach attire
  • Binoculars, camera and bird book

Notice: Please remember that every person attending the Ramble is responsible for their well-being and safety. It is a requirement of this Ramble that all participants obey the instructions of the safety marshals at all times. Auto insurance will not cover accidents in the desert, so participation in this event is at your own risk.


09:00am–Meet at Sealine Beach (details to be provided upon registration)
09:05am–Orientation, safety & environmentally responsible driving
10:00am –Practical driving under supervision of the marshals
We'll explore different areas and experience different driving conditions. We'll stop for lunch, swimming & explorations
15.00pm – Depart to Sealine
16.00pm – End of Workshop

Trip Leader Biography

Caleb Ruth is an American health informatics specialist. He has been driving in the middle eastern deserts for eight years and marshaling off-road events for five years. He has been to every corner of Qatar and points in-between, as well as off-roading in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Oman. Caleb grew up in the countryside and has been an avid outdoorsman his entire life.




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