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BirdLife Cyprus seeks experienced bird surveyors for volunteer work in Cyprus, March - June 2017

BirdLife Cyprus is looking for highly competent, experienced and hard-working fieldworkers to visit the island as full-time volunteer bird surveyors, to help with the monitoring of breeding bird species and Atlas survey work. Only one or two volunteers will be accepted for 2017, so early application is advised.
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World Wetlands Day 2017

With Cyprus playing host to over 15,500 waterbirds taking refuge from the ‘frozen north’, BirdLife Cyprus and others are marking World Wetlands Day with an event at the Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre on 2 February. World Wetlands Day (WWD) is celebrated every year to raise global...
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List of bird species affected by illegal trapping in Cyprus reaches 154

It was with great sadness that we read in the Press Release of CABS (Committee Against Bird Slaughter) and SPA (Foundation Pro Biodiversity) dated 19 January 2017 that the list of bird species affected by illegal bird trapping continues to grow. The number of bird species affected by this illegal activity...
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Setting the ball rolling for Rollers in Europe and beyond

The European Roller is an iconic species of European farmland. This summer visitor suffered large declines in the past in its breeding grounds in southern and eastern Europe and has already gone extinct in several central European countries. The main causes of decline are habitat degradation, due to...
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Development plans in Akamas get green light by Department of Environment

The first days of 2017 saw two more positive opinions given for projects that are planned to materialize inside or near the SPA (Special Protection Area) and SCI (Site of Community Interest) of Akamas peninsula by the Department of Environment. These two positive opinions are related to the expansion...
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European Commission refers France to the Court of Justice

On 8 December 2016 the European Commission announced through a press release that it is taking France to the EU Court of Justice for failing to address continued violations of the legislation on the conservation of wild birds. The Birds Directive (2209/147/ΕC) prohibits...
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Running for birds and nature

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” These famous words by Dr Martin Luther King motivate us to keep fighting, no matter the difficulties that may stand in our way. For the team at BirdLife Cyprus this...
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Don't forget to send in your sightings for 2016

Have you been out bird watching in 2016? Then please don’t forget to send all your 2016 sightings in to the Recorder if you haven’t already done so. They can be sent either via the Global portal of the BTO BirdTrack database http://app.bto.org/birdtrack2/main/data-home.jsp or on the excel form...
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Join us on 4 February to clean Akrotiri Marsh

The Akrotiri Community Council in cooperation with BirdLife Cyprus and Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre is organising a Volunteer Clean-up day at Akrotiri Marsh. The aim is to remove as much dumped waste from the site as possible and to raise awareness on the value of this important wetland. The clean-up is taking place on Saturday...
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Final MAVA project workshop took place in Croatia

BirdLife Cyprus participated in a four-day workshop that took place in Zagreb (Croatia) from 28 November to 1 December 2016 as part of the project ‘Capacity Building for Flyway Conservation in the Mediterranean’ funded by the MAVA Foundation...
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University of Cyprus study examines behaviours related to illegal bird trapping

A one year experimental study examining emotions and environmental action has successfully been completed by the Nestor Research Group of the University of Cyprus. This study was undertaken on behalf of Birdlife Cyprus, which funded this work through a grant from the A.G. Leventis Foundation...
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Annual winter Griffon Vulture count success

On Friday 9 December 2016, BirdLife Cyprus volunteers and staff, together with the Game and Fauna Service and the SBA Environmental Department, carried out the annual winter census of the Griffon Vulture for 2016/17. The team of observers covered seven look-out points spread across the vulture...
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Great news for nature: huge public campaign saves EU nature laws

In a great victory for nature, the European Commission officially confirmed on 7 December 2016 that the EU nature laws – the Birds and Habitats Directives – will be saved and not rewritten and weakened. This announcement ends two years of uncertainty over the future of the Directives...
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Support BirdLife Cyprus for as little as €2.5 per month

BirdLife Cyprus members are vital to the work that we do. Our continuous conservation efforts would not have been possible without the support of our members. Membership not only provides an invaluable part of our funding but it also enhances our influence and makes our voice heard at local...
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Interactive educational workshop for children with Marina Katsari

BirdLife Cyprus is organizing an interactive educational workshop for children ages 5-12, as part of its ‘153 birds’ campaign. The workshop will take place on Saturday, 17 December 2016, 10:00 – 11:30, at Myloi Cultural Centre in Kaimakli, Nicosia...
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#NatureAlert – the final push to save the Nature Directives

The laws that protect Nature in Europe – the Nature Directives – are still under threat. Over the last two years, the European Commission has been scrutinizing these laws and it is about to decide their fate. The Birds and Habitats Directives are a European Union success story. They are widely...
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‘153 birds’ Drawing and Photography exhibition successfully inaugurated

The opening of the ‘153 birds’ drawing and photography exhibition took place with great success on Friday, 18 November 2016 at Myloi Cultural Centre in Kaimakli, Nicosia where around 70 people came to enjoy many of the submissions received as part of the ‘153 birds’ drawing competition and winners...
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Electric fence to manage grazing at Akrotiri Marsh

To enhance grazing for conservation purposes at Akrotiri Marsh, the Darwin project has erected electric fence at the site. The electric fence brings us one step closer to having untethered grazing at Akrotiri Marsh. This change in grazing method will help graziers to manage their cattle and will make...
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Management works at Akrotiri Marsh have been completed

The Darwin project for the restoration of Akrotiri Marsh has managed to break the wall of reeds at Akrotiri Marsh to create suitable habitat for wildlife. The on site management works for the creation of suitable habitat for target bird species has been perhaps one of the most important activities of the...
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BirdLife Cyprus at Christmas markets

Temperatures have finally dropped and Christmas is just around the corner! If you are looking to buy meaningful and educational gifts to give to your loved ones this Christmas you can find us at the German Christmas Fayre at the Goethe-Institut Zypern (next to Ledra Palace), on Sunday 4 December 2016...
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Changes to the BirdLife Cyprus staff management

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Hellicar, our longest-serving employee, as the new BirdLife Cyprus Director, following the departure through mutual agreement of Dr. Clairie Papazoglou from her role as Director, on 1 November 2016. We would like to thank Clairie for all her...
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First Cyprus screening of the award-winning documentary ‘The Messenger’

Can you imagine a world without birdsong? BirdLife Cyprus is organising the first Cyprus screening of the award-winning documentary ‘The Messenger’ on Wednesday, 7 December 2016 at 19:00, at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, ‘Andreas Patsalides’ lecture hall.
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Birdwatchers and hunters team up for biodiversity at Zakaki

On Saturday, 29 October 2016, BirdLife Cyprus, in conjunction with the SBA Environmental Department organised an event to clear the reeds at Zakaki Marsh. Willing volunteers included members and staff of BirdLife Cyprus, staff from the SBA Environmental Department, staff from the Game and Fauna...
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Raptor migration counts 2016 completed

Over 80 raptor surveys were completed as part of the 2016 effort to monitor the autumn passage of birds of prey through the ‘bottleneck’ sites of Akrotiri, Paphos Plain and Cape Greco. A first assessment of the results gives an estimate of 5,300 birds of prey from over 20 species. The surveys took...
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Management works in progress at Akrotiri Marsh as part of the Darwin project

The landscaping and water management works that started on 10 October 2016 at Akrotiri Marsh are still in progress. These works include ditch dredging, scrape and pool creation, some reed clearing as well as the creation of footpaths which will channel visitors to the birdwatching hides...
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Rehabilitated, ringed and released!

On Tuesday, 4 October 2016 BirdLife Cyprus was invited by the Game and Fauna Service to ring birds at the Service’s Rehabilitation Centre before releasing them back into the wild again. The Game and Fauna Service Rehabilitation centre, which has been operating since 1995...
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BirdLife Cyprus supports the acacia removal for the protection of Cyprus’ nature and avifauna

BirdLife Cyprus supports and welcomes the acacia (Acacia saligna) removal at Cape Pyla, implemented by the British Bases over the last few years, for the protection of Cyprus’ nature and avifauna. It must be noted that the large areas of acacia located in Cape Pyla are used...
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Spreading the BirdLife Cyprus message

The team here at BirdLife Cyprus are always excited to engage with people and spread the message about the work that we do. We organise birdwatching events and field meetings, set up our stall at fairs and festivals, and give talks and seminars at schools and to organised groups...
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‘153 birds’ – Drawing and Photography Exhibition Opening

BirdLife Cyprus invites you to the opening of the Drawing and Photography Exhibition of the ‘153 birds’ campaign! The starting point of the ‘153 birds’ campaign and the drawing competition was a successful event organised on Sunday 17 April 2016 at the Famagusta Gate Moat. On that day, more than...
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5.8 million of migratory birds counted during EuroBirdwatch 2016

24,115 people attended this year’s EuroBirdwatch, the biggest European birdwatching event hosted by 40 national partner organisations of BirdLife International in Europe and Central Asia. Participating in more than 1,000 different events taking place over the past weekend, they were able to observe...
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Family birding time!

Birdwatching is a fun and affordable way for a family to come closer to nature. It encourages focus and observation in children and cultivates their love for nature. BirdLife Cyprus is organising two birdwatching outings for families, one at Athalassa Park and one at Oroklini Lake, to introduce both adults...
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Update on hunting law amendment and regulations

Following the public consultation that the Game and Fauna Service carried out on 5 August 2016 regarding the hunting law amendment and the regulations on captive breeding and dog training areas, BirdLife Cyprus had a meeting with the Head of Game and Fauna Service, Mr Pantelis Hadjigerou...
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Management works to be implemented at Akrotiri Marsh as part of the Darwin project

One of the most important conservation actions will be starting soon at Akrotiri Marsh. Ditch dredging, scrape and pool creation and reed clearing are some of the engineering works the Darwin project will start implementing around mid-October 2016...
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Αutumn bird trapping surveys ongoing

BirdLife Cyprus has been undertaking its systematic monitoring field programme of illegal bird trapping activity since the beginning of September 2016 which will continue until mid-October, covering the autumn bird migration which is the main trapping period of migratory birds...
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Raptor migration counts continue

This year’s raptor migration count is underway since 27 August 2016 and will be wrapping up on 9 October 2016. As with previous years the sites covered are Akrotiri, Cape Greco and Paphos Plain with our volunteers providing an excellent coverage of the sites that enabled us to gather a lot of data...
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Obituary for Alan Crabtree

Bird ringers are a unique breed, and being the only two British Trust for Ornithology A-class ringers residing permanently in Cyprus, I immediately had a lot to chat about with Alan. We met in Crete in 1999 shortly before he moved permanently to Cyprus, where again he had come looking for information...
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BirdLife Cyprus’ new Monitoring and Research Coordinator

Home at last! After more than a decade in the UK, I am delighted to have returned to my homeland and joined the ranks of BirdLife Cyprus. Having studied Zoology at university, I had my first taste of working with BirdLife Cyprus doing my Master’s project on the Cyprus Scops Owl, and then...
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BirdLife Cyprus 2017 Calendar - Birds of the Akamas Peninsula

We are happy to announce the arrival of the new BirdLife Cyprus 2017 calendar which showcases pictures of the birds and habitats of Akamas. This is one of the larger, distinctive and key sites for bird conservation in Cyprus. It is the top breeding site on Cyprus for the European Roller Coracias garrulus...
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Congratulations to the ‘153 birds’ drawing competition winners!

A big and warm thank you to everyone who took part in the ‘153 birds’ drawing competition and congratulations to the lucky winners! We received over 300 drawings and the difficult task of selecting the winners was undertaken by a committee comprised of BirdLife Cyprus staff and members of its...
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Annual Raptor Migration Counts

The raptor count is a major survey taking place every Autumn and this year is no exception with the surveys beginning on 27 August 2016 and lasting up to 9 October 2016. Raptor counting is very specialised and difficult, however we have a great team of dedicated experts who will provide an excellent...
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BirdLife Cyprus at the NGO fair in September

Participating at events is an excellent way for BirdLife Cyprus to raise public awareness on the importance of protecting and conserving nature and wildlife. BirdLife Cyprus will be once again participating at the NGO Fair to inform the public about its projects and activities and also exchange ideas...
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BirdLife Cyprus at the Birdfair for 3rd consecutive year

BirdLife Cyprus participated at the Birdfair, the biggest wild life event in the world, for the 3rd consecutive year, which took place on 19 – 21 August 2016 at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in England. The aim of the Fair is to get birdwatchers together to celebrate birds, to develop a commercial fair for...
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EuroBirdwatch 2016 – How many migratory birds can you count?

These coming weeks millions of migrating birds will leave Europe and fly to their wintering places in Africa. BirdLife Cyprus invites people to take the opportunity to discover the fascinating world of bird migration during Eurobirdwatch on 2 October 2016. EuroBirdwatch is an annual event which...
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A decade of common birds monitoring in Cyprus

Tracking wild bird populations is an excellent way to monitor the state of our countryside and an understanding of whether these populations are stable, increasing or decreasing is fundamental to bird conservation efforts. A recent BirdLife Cyprus report covering ten years of the...
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BirdLife Cyprus participated at Public Consultation on hunting law amendment and regulations

The Game and Fauna Service carried out a Public Consultation on 5 August 2016 regarding the law proposals that it had brought to the Environment Committee of the Cyprus Parliament for discussion in late June. The public consultation was carried out after the Environment Committee...
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Another hunting season about to start

The hunting season for the Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus) and Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) started on Sunday 21 August 2016 and will last till the end of October. Hunting is permitted in most hunting areas on all Sundays from 21 August to 18 September. Moreover, in some areas hunting is...
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Update on catastrophic hunting law amendment

Following the first discussion held at the Environment Committee of the Cyprus Parliament on 29 June 2016 regarding a law amendment prepared by the Game and Fauna Service with title ‘The Protection and Management of Wild Birds and Game Species (Amendment) Law of 2016', a law amendment...
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BirdLife Cyprus on the controversial Melios Zoo Park issue

BirdLife Cyprus has been following closely the issue regarding the recent developments at Melios Zoo Park, for what concerns the center's operating conditions, the species it hosts and their living conditions. The fact that many of the species found at Melios Zoo Park are protected by international...
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BirdLife Cyprus presentations at summer camps

The Tamasos and Orinis Bishopric invited BirdLife Cyprus to take part in the summer camps it organises for children. BirdLife Cyprus happily accepted the invitation and gave presentations to children aged 7 to 14, every week throughout July, at Kampos Tsakistras where the summer camps took place...
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BirdLife Cyprus at the British Birdfair 2016

BirdLife Cyprus will be once again taking part at the British Birdfair, the world’s largest wildlife event, to raise awareness about its campaigns and projects as well as promote Cyprus as a birdwatching destination. The Birdfair aims to bring birdwatchers together to celebrate birds...
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Online voting now open for ‘153 birds’ drawing competition ‘People’s Choice’ award!

Through the ‘153 birds’ drawing competition BirdLife Cyprus received over 300 drawings as well as a lot of enthusiasm, interest and curiosity for the magical world of birds. This great response has exceeded our expectations and we would like to thank everyone who submitted a drawing and supported the campaign!
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BirdLife Cyprus successfully organized a wildlife crime workshop

BirdLife Cyprus successfully organized a workshop titled 'Workshop on best practices for tackling wildlife crime: bird trapping, poisoning and illegal trade’ on July 18, 2016 in Nicosia, with the support of the MAVA Foundation. Various government departments (Environment Department, Veterinary Services...
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Burnt forests and natural habitats must be allowed to reforest naturally while all habitats must be protected from urban sprawl

The significant damage caused by the recent fires in Solea and Argaka, is undoubtedly one of the largest in recent decades and constitutes serious damage to the habitats and species. It is estimated that around 10-12 square kilometres of Natura 2000 area were burnt, with many woodland bird...
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Climate Change Adaptation Workshop

The effects of manmade climate change are dramatic and uncontested and whereas mitigation still remains a priority, it’s now recognized that adaptation is essential too, because there is no escaping the effects of climate change, whatever we do. BirdLife International has always been advocating...
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Closing Event of EEA NGO grant for Cyprus

On 21 June 2016, we were invited by PwC to the Closing Event for all the projects that won funding under the EEA Grants NGO Fund for Cyprus for the 2009-2014 period. At the event there was a presentation of all the projects that had won funding and two panel discussions on issues relating...
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Catastrophic law amendment proposed by the Game and Fauna Service

BirdLife Cyprus expressed its serious concerns and opposition to the law amendment prepared by the Game and Fauna Service with title ‘The Protection and Management of Wild Birds and Game Species (Amendment) Law of 2016', during the recent discussion held at the Environment Committee of the...
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European Commission launches infringement case against Polish government for logging in Białowieża Forest

On 16 June 2016, the European Commission announced the start of an infringement procedure against Poland relating to plans that would see an increase in logging in the Białowieża Forest – one of Europe’s largest expanses of primeval forest, and a Natura 2000 and UNESCO World Heritage Site...
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The Darwin project for the restoration of Akrotiri Marsh supports the preservation of the craft of basketry in Akrotiri

One of the oldest handicrafts, whose practice has been fading away in the last decades, is being promoted thanks to the Darwin project for the restoration of Akrotiri Marsh. Soft basketry weaving used to provide substantial financial income to the residents of Akrotiri village. However, since...
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Management Plan Consultation meetings completed

The consultations with the local communities over management plans for Special Protection Areas (SPAs), Natura 2000 sites for birds, have finally been completed. Between November 2014 and June 2016, BirdLife Cyprus and its project partner, I.A.CO Ltd, conducted almost 50 community consultations...
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Survey season concludes

As the four-month spring/summer survey season (March-June) comes to a close, BirdLife Cyprus volunteers have completed over 350 surveys across the length and breadth of Cyprus. In all, around 30 volunteer bird recorders – including some office staff and four full-time visiting volunteers...
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What next with the ‘153 birds’?

Through the drawing competition ‘153 birds’ we collected over 300 wonderful drawings of birds, a response that has exceeded our expectations and we would like to thank each and every one who submitted a drawing and everyone who supported our campaign!
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BirdLife Cyprus gives talk at UNFICYP Headquarters

World Environment Day (5 June) is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. This year’s WED was themed on the illegal trade in wildlife under the slogan ‘Go Wild for Life'. Wildlife crime endangers many species across...
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What is killing the vultures in Cyprus?

You might remember that back in February, we announced that six vultures were found dead in the area of Paramali / Sterakovou in Limassol all within a 3km radius. One more, the seventh, had been found dead in November 2015 in the same general area. We had hypothesized that there could be three...
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Full-time volunteers to the fore

Our team of skilled local volunteer recorders is once again forming the backbone of our bird monitoring effort for 2016. Added to this on-island team, visiting full-time volunteers are once again making an invaluable input to our 2016 programmes for common breeding birds, nocturnal species, rollers...
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Did you submit your drawing for our ‘153 birds’ drawing competition?

Only 17 days left to submit your drawing and enter our ‘153 birds’ drawing competition! The competition is open to everyone and we look forward to receiving drawings from young and old from all over Cyprus and abroad! The lucky winners will also be awarded prizes, in two categories: children and...
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Ombudswoman's report on ‘alternative plan’ does justice to environmental organisations

BirdLife Cyprus welcomes the recent report by the Commissioner of Administration and Human Rights (Ombudswoman) regarding the ‘alternative plan’ for selective hunting of blackcaps, which was published on 11 April 2016 (the report is available, only in Greek, at the Ombudswoman’s website here)...
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Consultation on new EIA legislation

The consultation on the new proposed EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) legislation is soon coming to an end. The new EIA law is the result of the need to transpose into national legislation the Directive 2014/52/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014, which amends...
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10th annual Audouin’s gull boat count completed – our rarest gull continues to decline

For the 10th year running, BirdLife Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot bird protection society KUŞKOR jointly organized a boat survey of our one-and-only breeding colony of the rare Audouin’s gull Larus audouinii at Kleides islands, off the tip of the Karpasia peninsula...
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NGOs urge the European Commission to change unsustainable bioenergy policy

Civil society finally had the opportunity to officially voice its opinion about the sustainability of all forms of bioenergy as the European Commission in February opened a public consultation on a new EU policy on sustainable bioenergy for the period 2020-2030. BirdLife Europe’s contribution to the...
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Nature protection asks for a vote of confidence from the new Parliament

BirdLife Cyprus congratulates the 56 new Members of Parliament, and expresses its contentment with the composition of the new Parliament as 21 out of 56 MPs are among those who signed BirdLife Cyprus’ manifesto and pledged to protect Cyprus nature, during the #WeNatureCy campaign...
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Works at Akrotiri Marsh for the erection of fence and cattle sheds continue

Following last month’s update, the works for the erection of fence and cattle sheds at Akrotiri Marsh started in early May. So far, contractors have been preparing the ground, drilling holes and installing the metal pipes for the fence. It is expected that the works will finish around end of June...
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BirdLife Cyprus hosted its first Open Day!

BirdLife Cyprus successfully held its first Open Day on 14 May 2016, on the occasion of World Migratory Bird Day which was on 10 May. Over 80 people attended the event and were informed about BirdLife Cyprus and its actions, birds in Cyprus, bird migration and the persistent problem of illegal bird trapping...
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What is happening with the Nature Directives?

In the coming weeks, the European Commission is expected to publish its conclusion on the ‘fitness check’ of the Nature Directives and hold the annual Green Week. For this reason on 16 May 2016 BirdLife Europe, the BirdLife International EU partners and citizens across the EU took to social media to...
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#WeNatureCy - voting and winning for nature

With parliamentary elections fast approaching BirdLife Cyprus has launched #WeNatureCy, an online campaign to engage the public and the candidates in matters related to the protection of Cyprus’ nature. Cyprus’ nature is unique. Nestled between Europe, Africa...
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Consultation meeting with birdwatchers and nature photographers for Akrotiri Marsh

The Darwin project for the restoration of Akrotiri Marsh organised an open discussion on 13 April 2016 for birdwatchers, nature photographers and visitors of Akrotiri Marsh to present the plans for visitor facilities and listen to feedback from participants. During the meeting, BirdLife Cyprus gave an...
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‘Round 2’ of consultations with local communities on SPA management in full swing

The second and final round of consultations with local communities over management plans for Special Protection Areas (SPAs), i.e. Natura 2000 sites for birds, is in full swing. Between mid-February and mid-April, a total of 15 meetings were completed by BirdLife Cyprus and its contract partner...
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Audouin’s Gull shows worrying trend in Cyprus – results of 2007-15 surveys published in Sandgrouse

Breeding numbers of the rare Audouin’s Gull Larus audouinii show a downward trend, as demonstrated by an analysis of nine years of count data from the gull’s only Cyprus colony, at the Kleides islets off the tip of the Karpasia peninsula. Results of boat surveys carried out by BirdLife Cyprus in...
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Small bird, big message

New study confirms common birds are powerful indicators of threats from climate change. From Europe to the US the trends match, as scientists expected, the data showing coherent and substantial changes in detriment to cold-adapted species...
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BirdLife Cyprus Open Day – all welcome!

On 10 May it is World Migratory Bird Day. On this occasion, BirdLife Cyprus is organizing its first open day on Saturday 14 May 2016 from 11am until 2pm at its offices in Strakka, Kato Deftera, to which it invites young and old to learn about the wonder of migration but also threats migratory birds face...
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Successful ‘153 birds’ event and drawing competition launch

The BirdLife Cyprus event titled ‘153 birds’ took place with great success on Sunday 17 April 2016 at the Famagusta Gate Moat. Over 200 people of all ages joined us to listen to fairy tales and songs about birds and to draw pictures of birds, at this different and special event. Young and old had the...
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Quarries at Androlykou - talk at Neo Chorio

BirdLife Cyprus gave a talk on the importance of the protection of Androlykou gorges, located in Akamas Peninsula Natura 2000 site, during a workshop organized by the Cultural Heritage group of Neo Chorio village. The workshop took place on 9 April 2016, at the Community Council offices of Neo Chorio...
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4th IBA Caretakers workshop

The fourth IBA Caretakers’ workshop was organized by BirdLife Cyprus on 23 and 24 April 2016, at Droushia village. The meeting aimed to bring IBA Caretakers together for an annual meeting and to offer training on issues that help IBA Caretakers carry out their work easier. During the workshop, the...
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Adoption of decree regarding the management and control of foxes

BirdLife Cyprus was informed from press articles in early April 2016 of the adoption of a decree issued by the Minister of the Interior for the management and control of the fox population. The decree was issued after the Scientific Committee provided its opinion to the Minister, asking for the implementation...
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Our urban birds: A look at what’s happening outside our doorstep

Most of us tend to think of cities as arid places made up of concrete, glass and steel with no room available for wildlife. Yet, there’s wildlife all around us and wild birds are flying above us all the time! From house gardens and parks to old towns and even sewage pools, nature unveils itself in the most...
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Consultation meeting for Akrotiri Marsh visitor facilities

Project partners of the Darwin project ‘Akrotiri Marsh Restoration: a flagship wetland in the Cyprus SBAs’, are organising an open discussion on the latest developments at Akrotiri Marsh. The discussion is mainly addressed to birdwatchers and wildlife photographers and will focus on birdwatching / nature...
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Fence and sheds for cattle to be erected at Akrotiri Marsh during April

The erection of fence and sheds that was planned to take place at Akrotiri Marsh as part of the Darwin project during March will be taking place during April and early May due to some unforeseen delays in preparatory procedures. During works, visitors will be able to visit the site although they will need to...
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Singing for Akamas

‘Singing for Akamas’ a one day event, was organised by the ‘Cyprus Natural Coastline’ initiative, ‘Limassol Initiative for Akamas’ and ‘Save Akamas/ Save Cyprus’ on Sunday 27 March 2016. The event took place at the amphitheatre of Molos (Limassol), between 12:00 - 22:00 with 14 local bands and...
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BirdLife Cyprus publishes its autumn 2015 trapping report

BirdLife Cyprus completed its report with the latest findings of the on-going and systematic surveillance programme on illegal bird trapping for the autumn 2015 season. Based on the analysis of the survey data, 19km of net rides were active during the autumn season of 2015 within the survey area ...
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'Review of illegal killing of birds in the Mediterranean’ paper gets published

A review of illegal killing of birds in the Mediterranean by BirdLife International has recently been published in the March 2016 edition of the journal ‘Bird Conservation International’. The full title of the scientific article is ‘Preliminary assessment of the scope and scale of illegal killing and taking of...
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Spring survey season in full swing

BirdLife Cyprus volunteers are out and about with their binoculars and clip-boards, recording birds across the island as our breeding season programmes of systematic monitoring get into full swing. In all, some 30 volunteer bird recorders – including some office staff and Shannon O’Grady...
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NGOs demand “Fitness check” of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

More than 50 NGOs active in farming, development, environment, climate, animal welfare, food systems and public health, have signed a joint letter, sent to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker on 22 March 2016, to demand a review of the European food and farming system...
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New staff at BirdLife Cyprus

BirdLife Cyprus is happy to welcome Elena Markitani and Yiannis Christodoulides to its team and wishes them good luck and every success in their new role!
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Annual General Meeting 2016

On Sunday, 20 March 2016, BirdLife Cyprus held its Annual General Meeting at the Akrotiri Environmental Center in Akrotiri, Limassol. The AGM was attended by a total of 43 people who were informed about BirdLife Cyprus’ activities for 2015 and were presented the workplan and budget for 2016...
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Akamas National Forest Park and meeting with the Department of Forests

One of the decisions of the Ministerial Council on the Akamas issue was the creation of a National Forest Park in the area, which will include the current national forest and all the appropriate public land of the Akamas Natura 2000 site. Four ENGOs, including BirdLife Cyprus, met with the Director of the...
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Is #rik really what it claims to be?

BirdLife Cyprus would like to express its great disappointment towards the new RIK (CYBC) show called #rik, for ignoring the questions on environmental issues posed to the President of the Republic, Mr. Anastasiades, via Twitter. #rik is a new participatory TV show where citizens are asked...
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Volunteer recorder workshop in Paphos area

On 29 February 2016, just before the start of the spring survey season, volunteers in our bird monitoring programmes got together at Kritou Terra, Paphos, to review progress of our on-going schemes to keep track of the island’s birds. BirdLife Cyprus Research Coordinator Martin Hellicar presented to...
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3rd European Workshop on Environmental Crime: Habitat Destruction

BirdLife Cyprus participated at the 3rd European Workshop on Environmental Crime, organised by SEO (BirdLife in Spain) and RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) on 26 February 2016 in Edinburgh UK. The workshop focused on Habitat Destruction. SEO (BirdLife in Spain) and RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) are implementing a...
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BirdLife Cyprus 2016 Annual General Meeting

BirdLife Cyprus' Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Sunday, 20 March 2016 at the Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre, in the village of Akrotiri, Limassol. The AGM will start at 10.00 am, if there is no quorum at 10am the official start of the AGM will be at 10.30am. There will be welcome...
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153 birds! Join us on 17 April for a fun day dedicated to birds

Would you like to get to know the magic world of birds and the wonder of migration? Do you know the Swallow, the Bee-eater, the Hoopoe and the Nightingale? Join us on Sunday 17 April 2016 at 11am at Famagusta Gate Moat for our event ‘153 birds!’ dedicated to birds, with feathered fairy tales...
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New IBA Caretaker workshop in April

BirdLife Cyprus is organizing a workshop for IBA Caretakers on the weekend of 23 -24 April 2016 at Droushia Heights Hotel, in Pafos. IBA Caretakers have already been invited but if you haven’t expressed interest so far, please do so by contacting BirdLife Cyprus...
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Fence and cattle sheds soon to be erected at Akrotiri Marsh

Grazing is one of the most important management tools for the conservation of Akrotiri Marsh. To enhance grazing and improve grazing opportunities, the Darwin project “Akrotiri Marsh Restoration: a flagship wetland in the Cyprus SBAs” will install a fence and build cattle sheds on site during March 2016...
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‘Round 2’ of consultations with local communities on SPA management

BirdLife Cyprus and its contract partner, consultants IACO Environmental, have entered the second and final round of consultations with local communities over management plans for NATURA 2000 sites for birds. In total, 30 village meetings will take place across all districts over the 5 months from February...
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Vulture deaths a blow to species recovery programme

The terrible news of six Griffon Vultures Gyps fulvus being found dead over the last few weeks, in the Paramali area of Limassol, dealt a serious blow to efforts to save our most threatened breeding bird of prey. BirdLife Cyprus recently also learnt of a November 2015 vulture death in the same area...
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Adoption of the report on the Mid-term review of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy by the EU Parliament

On 2 February 2016, MEPs overwhelmingly approved a report prepared by the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee of the EU Parliament, which calls for the maintenance of the two Nature Directives: the Birds Directive and Habitats Directive. The report includes some very...
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BirdLife Cyprus participates at workshop on mitigating the effects of wind farms and power lines on birds

More than 30 delegates from conservation NGOs and other organisations from 24 countries, such as Spain and the UK, as well as countries of the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans, met for a Mediterranean Flyway Conservation Network workshop organised in Lisbon (Portugal) by...
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15,000 Flamingos at Larnaka and Akrotiri Salt Lakes this year

Hundreds of Cypriot citizens and tourists have been flocking to Larnaka Salt Lake the past few weeks to admire the amazing Flamingos that have arrived in Cyprus in their thousands in search of food and shelter. According to the most recent bird count, 12,500 Flamingos have settled at Larnaka Salt Lake...
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Ready, steady, Spring! Are you ready for the new season?

Slowly but surely days are becoming longer – an undeniable sign that Spring Alive is just round the corner and soon we will be observing the silhouettes of the first migrants in the sky over Europe. Join us once again as we create a real-time map showing how spring progresses throughout Europe by...
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EU Commission’s reply is final – NO to the ‘alternative plan’

The EU Commission has given its final and categorical opinion regarding the proposed derogation for the selective hunting of ambelopoulia, the so called ‘alternative plan’, which the Cyprus Government included unilaterally in the Strategic Plan against illegal bird trapping which was approved last May 2015.
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BirdLife Cyprus is out for its winter anti-trapping survey

BirdLife Cyprus will be undertaking over the following month a winter anti-trapping survey with the help of volunteers, checking various locations for trapping activity. Ιt is still early to have an overall picture of illegal bird trapping for this winter, however last winter 2014-15 we detected a large number...
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Volunteer workshops to be held in February

In late February, BirdLife Cyprus will be arranging workshops for its volunteers participating in systematic bird recording schemes such as the monthly waterbird counts, Atlas of breeding birds counts, common breeding bird counts, nocturnal counts, Roller counts etc...
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Five SACs designated in the British SBAs in Cyprus

It was with great pleasure that we were informed of the official designation of five Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) by the Administration of the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus. The official designation was announced in the SBA gazette on 30 December 2015. The announcement was preceded by a...
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Over 25,000 waterbirds recorded during January 2016 Mid-Winter Count

Some 20 recorders covered 36 wetlands (and two coastal sites) across the island as BirdLife Cyprus took part in the 50th International Waterbirds Census (IWC) mid-winter count, which has been organised by Wetlands International since 1967. Some 25,453 birds, of 56 different species were recorded over...
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Himalayan Forest Thrush: new bird species identified in India and China

New bird species are rarely discovered nowadays. Since 2000, five new species are discovered every year on average, most of which in South America. While studying birds at high elevations in India, an international team of scientists realized that what was considered a single species, the Alpine Thrush...
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Update on Akamas Peninsula

On 8 January 2016, the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment, Mr Nicos Kouyialis, presented the catastrophic proposal of the Ministerial Committee about Akamas to the Parliamentary Committee on the Environment. At the same time, Environmental NGOs and active citizens...
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Talk: In the Footsteps of Shackleton, 3 February 2016

Award winning wildlife photographers Pam and Eddy Lane will be giving a talk next Wednesday, 3 February 2016, titled ‘In the Footsteps of Shackleton’, combining images from their two major expeditions to the South Atlantic where they visit the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica and show a...
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Akamas – Red Alert

BirdLife Cyprus was informed through the press that the Ministerial Committee on the Akamas issue was going to put its proposals forward to a meeting of them Ministerial Council in order to reach a final decision on the Akamas issue in December. BirdLife Cyprus, was very alarmed by what leaked as...
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Support BirdLife Cyprus for as little as €2.5 per month

Our continuous conservation efforts would not have been possible without the support of our members. Membership not only provides an invaluable part of our funding but it also enhances our influence and makes our voice heard at local, national and international level...
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Meeting of the ad hoc committee for LifeForBirds project

BirdLife Cyprus attended on 18 December 2015 the 3rd meeting of the ad hoc committee for tackling illegal trapping of migratory birds that was formed under the LIFE project 'Improving lowland forest habitats for Birds in Cyprus'. The project, which is called ‘LifeForBirds’ in short, will run for 3 years and...
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Mid-Winter Wetlands Count set for 16 & 17 January 2016

BirdLife Cyprus will once again be participating in the International Waterbirds Census (IWC) mid-winter count, which has been organised by Wetlands International since 1967. The 2016 mid-winter count is set for the weekend of 16-17 January 2016, and BirdLife Cyprus will be aiming to contribute with...
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World failing to protect migratory birds

Many of the world’s migratory birds are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitat along their flight paths and a new study published in Science magazine in December 2015, calls for greater international collaborative efforts to save migratory birds. Over 90% of migratory birds of the world are inadequately...
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BirdLife Cyprus gives talk about Oroklini Lake at U3A group

BirdLife Cyprus in its efforts to raise awareness and inform the public about its projects and actions, often gives talks and presentations to interested groups. It was with great pleasure that we accepted an invitation from U3A-Larnaca (University of the Third Age), an autonomous learning group...
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What has been agreed at the Paris Climate Conference in December?

The 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as the Paris Climate Conference, took place in Paris from 29 November to 11 December 2015 with participation of more than 190 countries. This was the first Conference of the Parties in 20 years...
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Nature Directives fit for purpose Environment Ministers say

Following the successful and supportive conference on the Nature Directives which took place on 20 November 2015 in Brussels, Environment Ministers, amongst them Mr Nicos Kouyialis, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resource and the Environment, adopted on 16 December 2015 their own verdict on...
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BHDTF meeting and Brussels workshop/talk

BirdLife Cyprus attended the Birds and Habitats Directives Task Force (BHDTF) meeting, which was held in Brussels, on 30 November and 2 December 2015. The meeting mainly focusedon updates regarding the Fitness Check of the Nature Directives and also on the next steps of the #NatureAlert campaign...
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BirdLife Cyprus gives talk to Cyprus Tourist Guides Association

BirdLife Cyprus, in its efforts to reach groups that also have a role to play in the promotion of birdwatching and nature, organised a presentation for members of the Cyprus Tourist Guides Association on 9 December 2015 at Oroklini. This presentation was a great opportunity for BirdLife Cyprus officers
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BirdLife Cyprus attends BirdTrack Research Project Workshop

On 27 November 2015, BirdLife Cyprus Bird Recorder Jane Stylianou attended a workshop on BirdTrack, an online bird recording system, organised by the British Trust for Ornithology, at their headquarters in Thetford, Norfolk, UK. The workshop looked at the potential use of data entered on...
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Information leaflet produced for Akrotiri Marsh

Dissemination and public awareness has a key role when it comes to conservation efforts. For this reason, following the launch of the project’s website, another communication tool was produced to contribute to the overall efforts for the restoration of Akrotiri Marsh. BirdLife Cyprus has just produced a...
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Stone Curlew found shot in the area of the old Nicosia airport

A Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) was found with both its legs shot on Monday morning by a person in the area of the old Nicosia airport, and informed BirdLife Cyprus of this unfortunate incident. Unfortunately one of the legs of this protected and non-game bird species was completely destroyed...
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BirdLife Cyprus organizes a workshop about the Swifts in Aradippou

On 9 November 2015, BirdLife Cyprus organized a workshop to inform participants about the Swifts (Apus apus) and the need for their protection and the preservation of their nesting sites. The pilot project is being implemented in collaboration with our BirdLife partner in Israel (SPNI) and two...
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Nature Directives fit for purpose!

BirdLife Cyprus attended a Conference organised by the European Commission on the Fitness Check of the EU Nature Legislation on 20 November 2015 in Brussels. The high level conference was organised in order to present and discuss with participants from Members States, NGOs, user groups and...
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BirdLife Cyprus discusses Tourism Strategy with Presidency

BirdLife Cyprus met with representatives of the Cyprus Presidency in order to present its ideas about the development of ecotourism in Cyprus. The moment is critical as the Unit for Administrative Reform of the Presidency, is currently about to develop a Strategy for Tourism Development in Cyprus.
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Akamas Peninsula under serious threat

It was with great disappointment that we were informed through press reports on 19 November 2015 of the results of the discussions of the Ministerial Committee on the issue of Akamas. More specifically, the Ministerial Committee seems to have decided to designate part of the Natura 2000 site of...
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Africa’s vultures are sliding towards extinction

Vultures are greatly misunderstood. They are not renowned for their beauty or song like other birds, but they are known among nature-lovers worldwide as “nature’s clean-up crew”. Without vultures diseases would contaminate water sources creating a knock-on effect threatening animal as...
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Expert workshop for the Favourable Reference Values (FRVs)

The key task of setting target population levels for our priority bird species is one step closer to its realization after the recent (November 26th, 2015) completion of an ‘expert workshop’ for the setting of Favourable Reference Values (FRVs), at the Ministry of Interior, Nicosia. FRVs – essentially the...
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An encouraging meeting with the President of DYSI

BirdLife Cyprus had a meeting with the President of DYSI political party, Mr Averof Neophytou, on 16 November 2015 to discuss the issue of illegal bird trapping and the ‘alternative plan’ derogation. This derogation was included in the Strategic Plan approved by the Ministerial Council back in May 2015...
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Skype meeting on local conservation groups – sharing experience

On 16 November 2015, BirdLife International arranged a Skype meeting for countries which had recently created Local Conservation Groups (LCGs) or IBA Caretaker groups (as they are usually called in Europe) in order to exchange experience, focusing mainly on challenges, solutions, successes and...
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First phase of management works at Akrotiri Marsh is completed

The management works that started in late September at Akrotiri Marsh have been completed. The works were implemented as part of the Darwin project for the restoration of Akrotiri Marsh –a unique site for Cyprus. The aim of the works was to unblock the outlet ditches for the water...
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BirdLife Cyprus participates at a bird monitoring conference, in Mikulov, Czech Republic

Experiences and know-how from across Europe were shared by the near-100 participants in an early November bird monitoring workshop in the Czech town of Mikulov. BirdLife Cyprus Research Coordinator, Martin Hellicar, took part in the four-day invitation-only event organised...
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BirdLife Cyprus at Christmas fairs this winter!

The temperatures may not feel like winter yet, but Christmas is approaching. By choosing gifts from BirdLife Cyprus this Christmas, you help the recipients come closer to the fascinating world of birds and discover the rich nature of Cyprus, while at the same time supporting our organisations’....
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BirdLife Partners meet in Sofia

Nearly one hundred members of staff and Council from 45 BirdLife partners across Europe and Central Asia, met from 29-30 October 2015, in Sofia, Bulgaria. The European and Central Asia Partnership Meeting, brings together all partners in the Region to discuss strategic issues...
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Important Announcement – Change of postal address

Αs of 1 October 2015, BirdLife Cyprus’ postal address has changed from PO Box 28076, Nicosia, 2090 to the following: BirdLife Cyprus, PO Box 12026, Nicosia, 2340, Cyprus. Please change your records to reflect our new contact information and direct all future correspondence to the new address...
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Meeting on stray dogs at Zakaki marsh

After several reports from our members on the issue of stray dogs at Zakaki marsh and a number of letters to the relevant Authorities (British Bases and the Local Councils of the area), on 26 October a meeting took place at the Environmental Centre of Akrotiri. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the...
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BirdLife Cyprus participates at ‘Speak Up’ Conference

BirdLife Cyprus attended a Conference titled ‘Speak Up’ that took place on 22 October 2015 in Nicosia, organised by the NGO Transparency International Cyprus (TI-C). The conference was under the European “Speak Up II” project which the TI-C has been running since March 2014. The aim of this...
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BirdLife Cyprus talk at Soloneion Book Centre

BirdLife Cyprus was kindly invited to give a talk on the birds of Cyprus on 15 October 2015 at an event co-organized by Soloneion Book Centre and the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation (BCCF). The event, which was open to the public, aimed to present the BCCF’s publications on the birds of Cyprus...
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BirdLife Cyprus’ autumn 2015 raptor migration counts completed

Over 90 raptor count-days were completed as part of the 2015 effort to monitor the autumn passage of birds of prey through the ‘bottleneck’ sites of Akrotiri, Paphos Plain and Cape Greco. A first assessment of results suggests almost 3,500 Honey Buzzards, Marsh Harriers, Common Buzzards...
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A website dedicated to a special wetland in Cyprus, Akrotiri Marsh

BirdLife Cyprus invites you to visit the website created for Akrotiri Marsh (also known as Fassouri Marsh) at www.akrotirimarsh.org. The website has been created as part of the Darwin Plus project for the restoration of this unique wetland.
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BirdLife Cyprus rings birds at Game Fund rehabilitation centre

BirdLife Cyprus was invited by the Game and Fauna Service to ring birds at the rehabilitation centre before their release. On Friday, 23 October, BirdLife Cyprus ringed 28 birds for release at the centre in Athalassa. These were: 10 Kestrels, two Peregrine Falcons, one Eleonora’s Falcon...
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Meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment

On 2 October 2015, BirdLife Cyprus along with four other Environmental NGOs, attended a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development & Environment, Mr Nicos Kouyialis, in the presence of the General Secretary of the Ministry, Government Department Directors and Officers, in order...
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Meeting with the Deputy General Director of CTO

Οn 26 October 2015, BirdLife Cyprus met with Deputy General Director of the CTO, Mrs Annita Demetriadou. The main issue discussed was the upcoming National Strategy for Tourism. During the meeting, we had the opportunity to discuss issues such as ecotourism, focusing mainly on...
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IBA Caretakers Workshop at the Forest College in Troodos

On 17-18 October 2015 BirdLife Cyprus organized a workshop for IBA Caretakers at the Forest College in Troodos Mountain IBA. The workshop aimed to bring new and current IBA Caretakers together and equip them with the necessary knowledge and tools important to the work of an IBA Caretaker...
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Completion of the monitoring survey for the Autumn trapping season

BirdLife Cyprus completed successfully its monitoring survey for the Autumn 2015 trapping season. The field survey lasted for 6 weeks, from early September to mid-October, and in total the team surveyed 59 squares, both in eastern Larnaca / Famagusta districts and in the Pentashoinos valley...
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Changes to BirdLife Cyprus Rarities Committee

The appointments of a new chair and a new overseas member have changed the composition of the specialist BirdLife Cyprus team that assesses reports of rare bird sightings on the island. The Rarities Committee is now chaired by our Recorder, Jane Stylianou, who took over from former Recorder...
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EuroBirdwatch 2015 - the results

Every year, during the first weekend of October, EuroBirdwatch takes place all over Europe and Central Asia comprising hundreds of nationally organised activities held by many BirdLife partners. During EuroBirdwatch, nature conservation organizations encourage people of all ages to join these events...
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Sign the petition by LPO to help put an end to illegal trapping of birds in France

LPO (BirdLife France) has launched a petition to end the illegal trapping of birds in France. In France, as in Cyprus, illegal trapping is a serious and persistent problem and supporters of this illegal activity consider it to be a traditional activity. The methods used in France for the illegal killing of birds...
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Eurobirdwatch 2015 - Events for Sunday 4 October and cancellation of Ringing Demonstration Saturday 3 Oct 2015

Millions of migrating birds will leave Europe in these weeks flying to their wintering places in Africa and the Middle East. The EuroBirdwatch is an annual event comprising of hundreds of nationally organised activities all over Europe and Central Asia where people can discover the fascinating world of bird...
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A big thank you to the Next Generation Birders for their generous donation!

At the British Birdwatching Fair (Birdfair), where BirdLife Cyprus participated as exhibitor, the 2016 Champions of the Flyway was officially launched on 22 August 2015. BirdLife Cyprus, which will receive the donations collected through the race in 2015, was happy to attend the launch of the 2016 race...
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Early results from the BirdLife Cyprus’ autumn 2015 raptor migration counts

Despite the desert dust, over 1,000 migrating raptors were recorded moving through Cyprus during the first three weeks of this year’s autumn count. The migration count began on 29 August and covers the three ‘bottleneck’ raptor passage areas of our island: Cape Greco, Akrotiri and Paphos Plain.
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BirdLife Cyprus participated at the 9th Environment and Culture Festival

One of BirdLife Cyprus’ goals is to raise public awareness on the importance of protecting and conserving nature and wildlife. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to promote our work through events where we can inform the public about our projects and activities and also exchange ideas...
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Ban of imports of certain species to protect Cyprus’ biodiversity

On 10 September 2015 the Game and Fauna Service informed the public about a new Ministerial decree that bans the import of certain species in order to protect Cyprus’ biodiversity. This has been deemed necessary as for some native species there is great concern of genetic contamination from other...
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Clearing the reeds at Zakaki marsh

For some time now, we have been receiving reports from our IBA Caretakers for Akrotiri and also from other birdwatchers, expressing their concerns for the presence of dense reeds which were blocking the view at Zakaki marsh. BirdLife Cyprus was looking for a solution and thanks to June Neal...
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BirdLife Cyprus 2016 Calendar - Birds of Akrotiri Marsh

We are happy to announce the arrival of the new BirdLife Cyprus 2016 calendar which showcases pictures of birds of the Akrotiri Marsh also known as Phassouri. This area has a rich community of birds and other species and amongst them are many species of importance for our island such as the...
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2nd edition of The Birds of Greece, Cyprus & Europe in Greek out now

The translation of the first edition of the popular Collins Bird Guide into Greek, produced jointly by BirdLife Greece (HOS) and BirdLife Cyprus sold out quickly. The 2nd edition – another joint effort - is now available in Greek at the price of €25. You can find the new guide at our offices...
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Scientific Review on Illegal Bird Killing in the Mediterranean

BirdLife International published last month a scientific review on illegal bird killing across the Mediterranean region, the first ever comprehensive scientific study to quantify the scale and scope of illegal killing across this region. The results of this study are gruesome and despite the legal...
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A clear NO by the European Commission to the ‘alternative plan’ for selective blackcap hunting

After months of campaigning against the ‘alternative plan’ for selective blackcap hunting under a derogation, which the Ministerial Council approved in the Strategic Plan against illegal bird trapping on 13 May 2015, the EU Commission has taken a strong stance against it and has made it clear to the...
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BirdLife Cyprus talk at Biodiversity event

BirdLife Cyprus was invited to give a talk about the birds of Cyprus and the need to protect them at an event titled ‘Get to know and protect Cyprus’ biodiversity’ organised by the Institute for Environment and Sustainable Development of the DISY party on 16 September 2015 in Nicosia...
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Barn Owl talk in Agros

BirdLife Cyprus was invited by the Forest-Friends Association of Agros to give a talk about the Barn Owl project on 7 September 2015, in Agros, Limassol. The organisers had also invited a representative from the Agriculture Department, Mrs Chrystalla Andreou, and Mr Nicos Kassinis...
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Honouring Alan Crabtree

After serving for 12 years on the BirdLife Cyprus Council, Alan Crabtree decided to stand down in March 2015 at the Annual General Meeting in Limassol. The BirdLife Cyprus Council decided to honour Alan for his vast contribution and support all these years in a private ceremony attended by...
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BirdLife Cyprus meets with SBA Administrator AVM Mike Wigston

BirdLife Cyprus staff had the honour to host the SBA Administrator, Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Mike Wigston on 10 September 2015 at the BirdLife Cyprus office in Nicosia. BirdLife Cyprus and the Administrator discussed a number of issues in a very positive meeting. The main issues discussed related to...
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Management works to be implemented at Akrotiri Marsh as part of the Darwin Plus project

As part of the Darwin Plus project for the restoration of Akrotiri Marsh (also known as Phassouri marsh/reedbed) management works are planned to take place during October 2015. BirdLife Cyprus, as the lead partner of the project, is responsible for the implementation and supervision of these...
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IBA Caretakers new seminar and official launch

Six months ago we organised our first two series of workshops for IBA Caretakers. During these workshops, we had the opportunity to present to all participants the purpose of the program, its goals, the available tools and our expectations from IBA Caretakers. For us here at BirdLife Cyprus, the...
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Public Consultation on Housing Development

On 18 September 2015, BirdLife Cyprus took part in the Public Consultation for the Strategic Environmental Assessment on the chapter of Housing Development in rural areas, otherwise known as isolated housing. This chapter is part of the Public Statement of the Republic of Cyprus...
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Important Notice – Change of Officers

Dear Members of BirdLife Cyprus, As you are aware, in early 2013, Jane Stylianou took over from Colin Richardson as the BirdLife Cyprus's Bird Recorder. This notice is to inform you that Jane has also now replaced Colin as Chair of the Rarities Committee. The Council of BirdLife Cyprus would like to thank...
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New workshop for IBA Caretakers

The time has come for a new workshop for IBA Caretakers! The new workshop is going to take place on the 17th and 18th of October 2015 at Troodos Mountains (Forest College). Our aim is to attract people who didn’t make it to the previous two workshops, but also new people who found out later about...
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BirdLife International CEO in Cyprus

Patricia Zurita, the BirdLife International CEO since February 2015, was in Cyprus for a week for private reasons in August. Ms Zurita was able to meet with Clairie Papazoglou, Executive Director and Melis Charalambides, Council Chairman on 13th August in Paphos. During the short meeting...
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Autumn hunting season has started

The hunting season for the Woodpigeon and Turtle Dove started on Sunday August 23rd and will last till October 30th. Hunting is permitted in most areas on all Sundays and some areas also on Wednesdays till September 20th and on a daily basis in some coastal areas only till the end of October...
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Keep up to date with recent bird news and share your own sightings

Continuing BirdLife Cyprus' attempts to ensure both resident and visiting birders receive up to date information on the birds being spotted on the island, BirdLife Cyprus has set up a Google Group through which group members can email in their recent sightings and bird news and receive and read those...
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Management works to be implemented at Akrotiri Marsh as part of the Darwin Plus project

As part of the Darwin Plus project for the restoration of Akrotiri Marsh (also known as Phassouri marsh/reedbed) management works are planned to take place during September and October 2015. BirdLife Cyprus, as the lead partner of the project, is responsible for the implementation and...
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BirdLife Cyprus at the Birdfair

BirdLife Cyprus has participated for a second consecutive year at the British Birdwatching Fair (Birdfair), the greatest event dedicated to birdwatching, which took place on 21-23 August 2015 at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in England. Many Birdfair visitors came to the BirdLife Cyprus stand...
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BirdLife Cyprus’ annual autumn raptor migration counts kick off

By the time you read this, the BirdLife Cyprus autumn 2015 raptor watch will be in full swing. Raptor counting is a rather specialised ‘art’, and we are happy to have a team of dedicated experts who will be out there in the field throughout September and the first half of October at Akrotiri, Cape Greco...
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EuroBirdwatch - For the migratory birds and their flyways

EuroBirdwatch is an annual event which takes place on the first weekend of October (3-4 October, in 2015), comprising hundreds of organised activities in Europe and is the largest joint action of the BirdLife Partnership. EuroBirdwatch aims to spread the message of bird migration and how important...
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Changes in our field trip programme

Due to an error in the Agenda section of the Cyprus Wheatear magazine (June – July - August 2015) regarding the dates of our September field trips, we kindly advise you to consult our field meetings section for up to date information about the field trips...
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9th Annual Environment and Culture Festival

BirdLife Cyprus will be participating at the 9th Annual Environment and Culture Festival organized by ASTRA 92,8 in collaboration with the Commissioner of the Environment and Strovolos Municipality. The festival will take place on Sunday, 20 September 2015, from 11 am until 7 pm...
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BirdLife Cyprus continues with its anti-trapping monitoring programme in the coming autumn

BirdLife Cyprus continues its fight against illegal bird trapping during the autumn season, both with campaigning actions and its surveillance programme. Illegal bird trapping with mist nets and limesticks is non-selective and large scale that nowadays has no connection with traditional...
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Operation Jay

Anyone volunteering or working with nature conservation here in Cyprus will certainly have many stories of disappointment and frustration to share. Nevertheless, there are also stories of hope reminding us that there is light at the end of the tunnel!One morning, a few weeks ago, I was sitting as...
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BirdLife Cyprus participates at BirdFair

In August every year, and for the last 26 years, something very exciting happens in the UK for the birdwatching community. Birdfair, the British Birdwatching Fair takes place at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve, where more than 20,000 visitors attend annually and over 300 exhibitors from all...
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BirdLife organises a workshop on methodology of surveying illegal bird trapping in Cyprus

BirdLife Cyprus organised a workshop with title ‘Methodology of surveying illegal bird trapping in Cyprus’ at the Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre in Limassol on the 7th July 2015, with funding from the MAVA Foundation and as part of the ‘Flyway Conservation in the Mediterranean – Phase II’...
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Update on lobbying against the “alternative plan” of the Strategic Action Plan

BirdLife Cyprus continues lobbying for the withdrawal of the “alternative plan” from the Strategic Action Plan (StAP) against illegal bird killing, as this was announced on May 14th after it was approved by the Council of Ministers. On 1 July 2015 the “alternative plan” for the “selective hunting of...
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Record breaking number of EU citizens call on the EU to protect nature

Over half a million people (520,325) called on the European Commission to save Europe’s nature laws in a public consultation, sending the strongest message for nature protection in the history of the EU. This is particularly hopeful as it illustrates the love people have for nature and the recognition of...
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Acacia removal in Cape Pyla – a milestone action against illegal bird trapping

In a milestone action against illegal bird trapping, the SBA Administration continued with its acacia removal plan in July 2015 in the trapping hotspot of Cape Pyla. Back in December 2014 an area with acacias was cleared at the outskirts of Cape Pyla, which BirdLife Cyprus welcomed and supported...
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Climate Ops – your chance to be part of a documentary about climate change

Is there a place, close to your heart, that is threatened to disappear by climate change? You now have a chance to be heard: ARTE is producing a collaborative documentary about climate change in foresight of the United Nations Climate Change Conference which will be held in Paris in December...
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Join BirdLife Cyprus’ annual autumn raptor migration counts

Throughout September and the first half of October BirdLife Cyprus volunteers will be counting raptors (and any other migratory species of interest) as they congregate on passage through Akrotiri, Cape Greco and Paphos Plain. The most important of these sites is the Akrotiri peninsula – a classic...
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Field season round-up

An impressive total of over 450 surveys were completed by our team of recorders this spring and summer, covering the length and breadth of the island. Between 1st March and early July 2015 our dedicated team made up of local and visiting volunteers, plus BirdLife Cyprus staff, carried out...
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Civil Society in Cyprus: building for the future

During two events, on 2 July 2015, the NGO Initiative Cyprus, to which BirdLife Cyprus belongs, together with the Commissioner for Volunteerism and NGOs, Mr Yiannis Yiannakis, and an expert, from the INGO Conference of the Council of Europe, Mr Jeremy McBride, presented a policy paper on...
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Conservationists from UK overseas territories meet in Gibraltar

Conservationists around the globe from UK overseas territories met between 11-15 July (2015) in Gibraltar for a conference on conservation and sustainability in UK Overseas Territories, Crown Dependencies and other small island communities. The conference was organised by the UK...
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European Red List of birds – the size of the conservation challenge assessed.

The Red List, compiled by BirdLife International and published by the European Commission, is a definitive barometer of the state of our birds during the period 2008-2012. It identifies those species threatened with extinction at a regional level and acts as a window on the state of our environment...
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Update on the Griffon Vulture project

Following the spring census of the Griffon Vulture population which took place on 29 April 2015, in Cyprus it’s worth reviewing the success of the release programme organised through the ‘GYPAS’ project. The effort to release birds in the wild in order to strengthen the extremely reduced...
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Study visit in Israel

BirdLife Cyprus organised a study visit to Israel as part of a pilot project to use Barn Owls and other raptors as pest control agents, while reducing dangerous poisons to the environment. The project is being led by BirdLife Cyprus and is being implemented together with SPNI/BirdLife in Israel, with...
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Wild animal rehabilitation seminar

BirdLife Cyprus, organised a two-day training seminar on wild animal rehabilitation and first aid, in cooperation with the Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre and the Game and Fauna Service, on 10 and 11 June 2015, in Akrotiri in Limassol. Around 90 people attended the two-day seminar, amongst...
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A new tool to raise awareness against illegal trapping

Following record levels of illegal trapping activity in 2014, with an estimated 2,5 million birds killed, BirdLife Cyprus produced an infographic about this illegal activity, with funding from the RSPB (BirdLife partner in the UK). The infographic aims to present in a short and concise manner the problem...
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BirdLife Cyprus volunteers share their experiences...

11:15 on a mountainside north of Paphos. We’ve been up since 05:00, driven for several hours and taken more than a few wrong turns, dug the pick up out after getting stuck and temperatures are now around 25°C. It’s my turn on watch and as I scan across the distant horizon two shapes rise slowly...
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BirdLife continues strong with its lobbying for the withdrawal of the ‘alternative plan’ from the StAP against bird trapping

BirdLife Cyprus has been busy with its lobbying during the last month for the withdrawal of the ‘alternative plan’ that was included unilaterally by the Ministry of Interior in the Strategic Plan against illegal bird trapping. As you probably have heard in the media and have read in our article in the...
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NatureAlert! Your voice is needed!

Nature is in immediate danger. Nature needs your help today. On 12 May 2015 over 100 NGOs in Europe launched a campaign to save nature and the laws that protect it. The Birds and Habitats Directives (often referred to as Nature Directives) are under threat as part of a review of regulation by the...
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NatureWatch App – Watch nature, share moments, conserve sites

NatureWatch is a new iPhone App from BirdLife International and BirdLife Cyprus which allows you to plan your wildlife adventures, share your experiences, and help conserve some of the best sites for wildlife in the world. The NatureWatch App covers all 34 Important Bird Areas (IBAs)...
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‘THE 34 WONDERS OF THE WORLD’ – A successful Photo Exhibition

BirdLife Cyprus, with the support of the Nicosia Municipality, organised a photography exhibition entitled “The 34 Wonders of the World” with photographs by the world’s finest nature photographers. As already mentioned on previous articles, the exhibition was presented by the well-known...
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Two Roller Counts Completed

A total of 20 observers carried out road transect surveys at 13 sites across Cyprus to record our breeding Rollers. The counts took place on 15 May and 19 June 2015 and covered mostly – but not only – Important Bird Areas (IBAs) that are important for this key breeding species, stretching from...
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9th annual Audouin’s gull boat count completed

For the 9th year running (since 2007), BirdLife Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot bird protection society KUSKOR jointly organized a boat survey of our one-and-only breeding colony of the rare Audouin’s gulls Larus audouinii at Kleides islands, off the tip of the Karpasia peninsula. This year’s survey took place...
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BirdLife Cyprus is helping Swifts, the masters of the sky

Swifts are amazing, they bring life to our skies. They are born to fly, almost during their whole life. They eat, sleep and mate in the air. They only land (in their nest) to lay their eggs and raise their chicks. They never chose to land on the ground because they can’t lift off again, as their legs are...
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A disastrous Strategic Plan against bird trapping with ‘alternative planning’

BirdLife Cyprus was informed on 14th May from an announcement by the Ministry of Interior that the Ministerial Council approved a "Strategic Plan for tackling illegal trapping of wild birds' on 13th May. BirdLife Cyprus had been calling on the Cyprus Government to approve a strategic plan on this...
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Birds and Habitats Directives Task Force (BHTF) meeting

BirdLife Cyprus attended the Birds and Habitats Directives Task Force (BHTF) meeting, which was held in Moggerhanger Park, UK,between 12 and 13 May 2015. The meeting focused mainly on the next steps regarding the Fitness Check on the nature Directives, on the #Nature Alert campaign and...
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Nature Alert! Sign and help save European nature!

Over 90 environmental NGOs across Europe call on all citizens from across the EU to take part in a joint pan-European online action to save European nature. In only two weeks after the campaign launch, more than 150,000 people have signed to protect nature. Add your voice and help the...
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Spring hunting in Malta – is it finally coming to an end?

The migration of birds across the Mediterranean basin is an arduous journey, not only because the migratory birds are faced with natural threats, including the sea crossing, but also because illegal bird killing of migratory birds is a widespread problem in many Mediterranean countries, including...
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Lesser Flamingo discovery

Martin, Peter and I arrived at Kouklia Dam around 11am on 12th May after spending the morning surveying Calandra larks in the area. We scanned the dam and found lots of water and lots of species present. Within 10 minutes we had logged various herons, ducks, waders, several Marsh Harriers...
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REMINDER - Photo Exhibition ‘THE 34 WONDERS OF THE WORLD’

BirdLife Cyprus, with the support of the Nicosia Municipality, is organising a photography exhibition entitled “The 34 Wonders of the World” with photographs by the world’s finest nature photographers, accompanied by informational text (in English). The exhibition is presented by the well...
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BirdLife Cyprus participates at the Youth Festival

BirdLife Cyprus took part in a big Youth Festival organised by the Cyprus Youth Board organized on Sunday May 24th at the Nicosia Municipal Park. The event included many interactive activities, a Human Library where people got the chance to discuss with others about real life problems such...
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Seminar: ‘International Conventions – (CITES) and Threatened Species’

The Cyprus Avicultural Society is organizing a seminar on the ‘International Conventions - (CITES) and Threatened Species’, on 13 June 2015 at the Karaviotes Cultural Foundation (2 Militou Str., Strovolos). The main speaker at the seminar will be Ms Rosemary Low, one of the most popular...
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Environmental organisations condemn the “alternative plan” introduced in the Strategic Plan to tackle illegal trapping of birds

BirdLife Cyprus, the Cyprus Conservation Foundation Terra Cypria, Friends of the Earth Cyprus, the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and the Foundation Pro Biodiversity (SPA) condemn the adoption of a Strategic Action Plan against the illegal trapping of birds, which instead of aiming to...
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BirdLife Cyprus completes its monitoring survey for spring 2015

BirdLife Cyprus has just completed its spring monitoring survey, covering in total 40 squares during April 2015. This is the 13th spring season covered by our surveillance programme and was undertaken with the help of a volunteer, checking trapping areas in the Larnaca and Famagusta district. All the...
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Gravel pits ‘scrape’ proves a draw for migrant waders…and not only!

There has been a new ‘top spot’ on the list of birding sites this spring, a flooded patch at the Northern extreme of the well-known ‘Gravel pits’ area, on Akrotiri peninsula, and within the Important Bird Area (IBA) of the same name (which is also a designated Special...
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Photo Exhibition ‘THE 34 WONDERS OF THE WORLD’

BirdLife Cyprus, with the support of the Nicosia Municipality, is organising a photography exhibition entitled “The 34 Wonders of the World” with photographs by the world’s finest nature photographers, accompanied by informational text (in English). The inauguration of the...
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Natura 2000 Day

21 of May is nearly here and the European Union is preparing to celebrate the Natura 2000 day. The celebration was initiated as part of a LIFE project Natura 2000 entitled ‘Connecting people with biodiversity’ by SEO/BirdLife in Spain. It is because of SEO, that today...
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On board to save seabirds: Fondation SEGRE and BirdLife Europe create the “Seabird Task Force”

With an estimated 200,000 seabirds accidentally killed every year during fishing activities, seabird bycatch is a critical environmental issue in Europe. In order to tackle this problem detailed knowledge of bycatch hotspots, the numbers of birds killed and a tighter...
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HNV seminar in Poland

BirdLife Cyprus recently attended a seminar looking at ways of securing the future of High Nature Value (HNV) farmland, organized by Cambridge University in Pulawy, Poland (21-22 April). Presentations and workshop discussions focused on the state of HNV...
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Common Swift & Barn Owl – Two BirdLife Cyprus new Projects

BirdLife Cyprus in cooperation with our partner in Israel (SPNI) will be implementing two pilot projects for strengthening the populations of two wild bird species of Cyprus, the Swift and the Barn Owl. Both projects will be done in collaboration with local communities in...
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The beginning of the end for bad biofuels

n 14th April 2015 the Environment Committee of the European Parliament has confirmed, with an overall majority, a political deal with Council to cap the use of first generation biofuels. This vote concludes over five years of political wheeling and dealing on the pros and...
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Cyprus birds win Champions of the Flyway Race

BirdLife Cyprus will be the recipient of funding raised through the Fundraising Race, Champions of the Flyway, organised by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (BirdLife in Israel) and BirdLife International. The fundraising bird race started in 2014, and each...
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Photo Exhibition – 34 Wonders of the world: Advance Announcement

BirdLife Cyprus will launch a photo exhibition entitled ’34 Wonders of the world’ at Nicosia Municipal Multipurpose Centre, Pallouriotissa Old Market, Nicosia on 22 May 2015, around 7pm. The exhibition is has been put together by Terre Sauvage, a well-known nature...
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BirdLife Cyprus publishes its Autumn 2014 trapping report and calls for the urgent adoption of the StAP

BirdLife Cyprus completed its autumn 2014 trapping report and published it in early March 2015. The analysis of the field data using the TRIM program showed that illegal bird trapping reached record levels - mist netting levels for autumn 2014 were 47% higher compared...
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Worthy events we participated in during March

BirdLife Cyprus was invited to take part at the first Scouts Festival that was organised by the Keryneia and Nicosia District Committees of the Cyprus Scouts Association, in cooperation with Nicosia Municipality, on Saturday 14 March in Nicosia. The festival titled ‘Hello...
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State of the Environment Report 2015: Poor state of European nature

The report on the state of the environment (SOER) 2015, released on 3 March 2015 by the European Environment Agency, sends a dramatic message of alert on the state of European nature. It also sends a message to European policy makers by stating clearly that...
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IBACareCY Workshops

The time has finally come for our long expected training workshops, part of the Project IBACareCY. The first Workshop took place on the weekend 28 and 29 of March at CCMC in Nicosia, while the second Workshop will take place on the weekend 4 and 5 April at Stavros...
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The autumn 2014 trapping report in the media

The RSPB and BirdLife Cyprus published in March a joint press release following the findings of the autumn 2014 illegal bird trapping report that shows a dramatic situation, with trapping activity at record levels since the systematic monitoring programme began in 2002...
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BirdTrack replaces Cypriaca

It is happening! We are pleased to announce that our on-line bird recording system Cypriaca is being transferred onto the global BirdTrack system , and existing Cypriaca users have already received email instructions on how to log on to the new system. There is work yet...
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Consultation on Empowering Civil Society in Cyprus

The NGO Initiative Cyprus, in collaboration with the Commissioner for Volunteerism and NGOs, Mr Yiannis Yiannakis, and an expert from the INGO Conference of the Council of Europe, Mr Jeremy McBride, have prepared a policy paper on empowering Civil Society in...
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Annual General Meeting 2015

The BirdLife Cyprus Annual General Meeting 2015 successfully took place at the Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre, Limassol, on Sunday, 15 March 2015. In total, 61 members of BirdLife Cyprus attended the AGM, where a report on the 2014 activities was presented...
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Release of last group of vultures in Cyprus

During the project GYPAS for protecting and enhancing the population of Griffon Vulture in Cyprus, under the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Greece - Cyprus 2007-2013, 22 vultures were released in Cyprus...
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Consultation on Empowering Civil Society in Cyprus

The NGO Initiative Cyprus, in collaboration with the Commissioner for Volunteerism and NGOs, Mr Yiannis Yiannakis, and an expert from the INGO Conference of the Council of Europe, Mr Jeremy McBride, have prepared a policy paper on empowering Civil Society...
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Volunteer Workshops for 2015 monitoring surveys

BirdLife Cyprus has concluded the first out of two workshops for our volunteers, to prepare them for this year’s monitoring surveys and to update them regarding BC’s work so far. The second workshop that was planned to take place at the Environmental Studies...
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BirdLife Cyprus attends Madrid workshop on illegal bird killing

BirdLife Cyprus participated in a three day workshop that took place in Madrid (Spain) from 11 to 13 February, related to the illegal killing and taking of wild birds. On the 11th February the ‘1st European Workshop on Environmental Crime: illegal killing and taking of birds’ took place as part of...
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On-going consultations with local communities on SPA management

BirdLife Cyprus and its contract partner, consultants IACO Environmental & Water Consultants Ltd, have entered a new round of consultations with local communities over management plans for NATURA 2000 sites for birds, visiting 11 areas in January and February 2015. The discussions...
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Support BirdLife Cyprus for 2015!

We would like to remind our members and friends who haven’t done so yet, that it is now time to renew your subscription for 2015. Your help and support is invaluable for our work for the protection and conservation of Cyprus’ birds and their habitats. With your subscription you...
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Support the BirdLife Cyprus team participating in Champions of the Flyway race

The Champions of the Flyway race is fast approaching. Over twenty teams have already registered to take part while registrations continue. Among the participating teams are the Palestinian Sunbirders, winners of the 2014 race with a list of 169 species, the Dutch Knights, the Next Generation...
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BirdLife Cyprus Annual General Meeting, 15.03.2015

The BirdLife Cyprus Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday, 15th March 2015, at the Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre, in Akrotiri Village, Limassol. The AGM will start at 10.00 am, if there is no quorum at 10am the official start of the AGM will be at 10.30am..
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IBACareCY Workshops – Save the dates!

Within the framework of the IBACareCY Project, we will organise workshops for the Important Bird Area Caretakers (IBA Caretakers), in order to help with training and to explain what’s required. The workshops are now finalized...
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Malta to hold referendum on spring hunting

“SHout” - Spring Hunting Out is the official campaign for the referendum on spring hunting which will be held on 11 April 2015. The referendum is the result of a successful petition signed by over 40,000 people; the first referendum to be called for by the people of Malta...
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Impacts of Corvids on bird productivity and abundance

In Cyprus, as elsewhere, Magpies and other corvids have long been considered serious predators of eggs and young birds, including game birds. Cyprus hosts five species of the family Corvidae: Magpie, Hooded Crow, Jackdaw, Eurasian Jay and Raven. Of the five species, the Raven, traditionally ...
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The Cyprus Bird Report 2013 is now available!

The report contains 37 colour photos, the 2013 Systematic List of 293 observed species or recognised forms which was compiled from nearly 65,000 records, the 2013 Ringing report, papers on the first Asian Buff-bellied Pipit in Cyprus, the Southern Grey Shrike species complex, the BirdLife...
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BirdLife Cyprus is out for its winter anti trapping survey

During the winter months in Cyprus, birds have to overcome and to survive from, the widespread problem of poaching and illegal bird trapping that takes place alongside the legal hunting that lasts up until the end of February. In winter bird trapping with mist nets and limesticks, the main target...
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More information material on Oroklini Lake

Upon the completion of the LIFE Oroklini project, BirdLife Cyprus has prepared the last information material as foreseen by the project. A brochure (layman’s report) outlining the project’s main actions, results and achievements is available on the project website here and hard copies are also...
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Black-bellied Sandgrouse – a winter highlight

Black-bellied Sandgrouse have turned up in unusual numbers this winter, causing quite a stir within the local birding community, but sadly also drawing the unwelcome attentions of law-breaking hunters. None of the January 2015 Black-bellied Sandgrouse reports are confirmed as yet – that is a job...
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IBACareCY - More volunteers needed!

The IBACareCY Project is still running and it is soon coming to its end. And we are of course in need for more IBACaretakers! The table calendar is ready and we are now preparing the two field workshops for our volunteers that will take place on the last weekend of March and the first weekend of April, at...
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Welcome to our new staff member!

My name is Filio Ioulianou and I was thrilled when I was informed I was going to be the new Natura 2000 Officer of BirdLife Cyprus. I have been following BirdLife and I always admired its great work, efforts and dedication towards bird protection and nature conservation. With seven years of experience in the field of environment...
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Volunteers Workshop 2015

BirdLife Cyprus would like to inform its members and volunteers that a new series of volunteer workshops will be held in February 2015. Every year BirdLife Cyprus staff and volunteers gather to be informed about last year’s results and to coordinate current year’s bird surveys, such as the Common...
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More events and fieldtrips

The holiday season is officially over, and BirdLife Cyprus organised two more events in early January, one at Pafos and one at Nicosia to keep reminding people that we are present, and we are still working for a better future for our nature. We visited Kings Avenue Mall in Pafos on 3 January, and...
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VICE Media documentary about the illegal trapping of birds

VICE Media has produced a documentary about the illegal trapping of birds entitled Cyprus’ Songbird Massacre: The Politics of Food, which has more than 50,000 views in only a few weeks. For the documentary production, VICE Media producer and journalists visited Cyprus in autumn 2014 and conducted...
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Midwinter Waterbird Counts

January is regarded as one of the most important months for waterbird counts and every year dams, pools, marshes, lakes and salt lakes are covered by BirdLife Cyprus staff and volunteers for the worldwide mid-winter count. During the period 16-18 of January 2015, 52 sites were covered and...
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Fassouri Marsh: the next restoration project after Oroklini Lake

BirdLife Cyprus continues its active involvement in Natura 2000 area management-a vital action to ensure the survival of Cyprus’ most valuable and threatened species and habitats. In April (2015) BirdLife Cyprus, as project manager, in cooperation with the Cyprus Sovereign Base Areas Administration...
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The next Champions of the Flyway supports BirdLife Cyprus

BirdLife Cyprus has been selected to receive the donations from the next Champions of the Flyway, an international bird watching race held every year in Eilat, Israel. The selection was based on a meaningful connection between the two countries: Cyprus and Israel share the same flyway...
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Volunteers needed for mid-winter counts

Every January, across the globe, teams of volunteers set out for their local wetlands to count waterbirds in an effort coordinated by Wetlands International. BirdLife Cyprus has been participating in these mid-winter counts for over a decade and this year’s event will take place...
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Successful Christmas events

his years’ holiday season has nearly come to an end and the opportunity that was given to us to transfer our love and passion for Cyprus’ birds and wildlife to three cities of the island, we believe was a great success. For the first time we organised events in Nicosia, Limassol and...
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Empowering Civil Society in Cyprus

Anyone working for an NGO in Cyprus probably has often felt ignored, undervalued and misunderstood. This represents general society attitudes towards NGOs in Cyprus, which tend to be misunderstood, suspected of multiple ills, and regularly ignored. The NGO Initiative Cyprus, to which...
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Wrapping up the LIFE Oroklini project

It has been a busy year for the LIFE Oroklini project partners, as 2014 was the final year of project implementation. The project officially ends on 31 December 2014 while a few things still remain to be completed. By mid-January 2015 BirdLife Cyprus will have produced a short...
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Winter vulture count carried out on December 15th

A total of 15 counters covered a total of seven survey lookout points for this winter’s Griffon vulture Gyps fulvus count, which took place on December 15th. Some 15 vultures were counted in total, which suggests some of our birds – whose numbers have been bolstered...
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BirdLife meets the Director General of the Ministry of Justice and Public Order

BirdLife Cyprus had a meeting on 16 December 2014 with the Director General of the Ministry of Justice and Public Order, Mr Andreas Louca, to discuss the issue of illegal bird trapping and the trapping levels for autumn 2014, as well as the adoption of the Strategic Action Plan (StAP) to tackle this...
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Trapping report and Acacia Removal in Cape Pyla

BirdLife Cyprus carried out its systematic monitoring of illegal bird trapping activity from early September to mid-October and has been working on finalising the analysis and the report for Autumn 2014 monitoring survey; the report will be ready for publication in January 2015. The...
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Spring Alive – End of season

As migratory birds are settling in for winter in Africa, we reflect back on another successful season of Spring Alive in Europe and Asia. The Spring Alive, is a campaign designed in 1987 by BirdLife Germany to help European children, their families, friends and teachers, to understand...
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Review of autumn 2014 raptor migration counts

BirdLife Cyprus has just completed a report providing an overview of the results from raptor migration monitoring carried out by our volunteers and staff, during the autumn of 2014. A total of 60 surveys were completed between August 30th and October 18th, spread between the...
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The next step of the journey for Ulysses the Blackcap

Ulysses (Odysseas), the Blackcap, the main character of the educational animation BirdLife Cyprus has produced, with the support of NABU (BirdLife Germany) and the Heinz Sielmann Stiftung and created by Zedem Media, has started his journey in early...
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Goodbye BirdLife Cyprus

'It was 4 years ago, when I was still fresh from university, that I couldn't believe my ears when I was told that I was to become BirdLife Cyprus' Natura 2000 Officer. Four years have passed since that day, and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to represent BirdLife Cyprus in its Habitats and...
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Bird ringing: is it still relevant?

With advances in satellite tagging technology making it easy (if not cheap!) to track birds in ‘real time’, many are asking questions about the need to continue with traditional bird ringing. But there are good reasons why ringing should continue, which we cover briefly here, while referring you to...
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Illegal killing of birds – a widespread problem across the Mediterranean

Illegal killing of migratory birds is a widespread problem across the Mediterranean. Various illegal methods of killing and trapping are sadly used in countries found on the bird migration routes, including France, Italy, Spain, Malta and Cyprus. Such methods include limesticks, mist nets...
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BirdLife Cyprus goes to school

The ongoing support from NABU (BirdLife Germany) and the Heinz Sielmann Stiftung makes it possible for BirdLife Cyprus to continue visiting primary schools and to reach out to children, to educate them on the birds of Cyprus, the wonder of migration, threats to migratory birds, such as...
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Meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment

BirdLife Cyprus met with the Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment, Mrs Olympia Stylianou on 7 November 2014. Mrs Stylianou invited officials from the Environment, Forest and Agriculture departments to the meeting in order to discuss...
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More information panels at Oroklini Lake

Visitors at Oroklini Lake can now learn more about this wonderful site, thanks to the new information panels placed at the Information Kiosk. As part of the LIFE Oroklini Project, BirdLife Cyprus prepared these new panels with information on the history of Oroklini Lake...
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It’s Christmas again!

Winter is a season for family gatherings, building snowmen, drinking hot chocolate in front of the fireplace… It’s a season to buy gifts for your loved ones, and support causes for the greater good. BirdLife Cyprus wants to give you the opportunity to do both, by buying our special and unique gifts for...
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Consultations with local communities on SPAs

BirdLife Cyprus and its contract partner, I.A.CO Environmental & Water Consultants, have recently been grappling with the challenge of consultation with local communities that are in or near NATURA 2000 sites for birds. In November, BirdLife Cyprus participated in the first consultation visits to...
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BirdLife Cyprus on the radio

BirdLife Cyprus accepted invitations to participate in the radio show “Animal Farm” with Sonia Philippou, on Radio Astra. The subject under discussion on the first show BirdLife Cyprus was invited to, on 16/10/14, was the controversial subject of illegal trapping of birds. This gave BirdLife Cyprus the...
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Pedestrian crossing for Oroklini Lake visitors

In an effort to make Oroklini Lake more visitor friendly, the Department of Public Works after a request from the Game and Fauna Service and in cooperation with the Voroklini Community Council is undertaking works to create a pedestrian crossing on the main road that connects the...
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Rewarding November Events

Another month has gone by and BirdLife Cyprus has kept busy participating at events to promote its work and the importance and necessity of nature conservation. The Cyprus Agricultural & Garden Fair took place at Nicosia, on 7-9 November. During the three days of the fair, many people visited...
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Winter vulture count planned for December 12

With a number of released ‘Cretan’ birds now out there and mingling with the ‘locals’, this winter’s Griffon Vulture count takes on an added importance. The date for the count – when key look-out points across the vulture’s range will be covered by volunteers – is provisionally set
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Greetings to all members and volunteers of BirdLife Cyprus from the new Research Associate

My name is Christiana and I greet all the members and volunteers of BirdLife Cyprus from the post of the new Scientific Associate. My studies are relevant to the environment and nature preservation and management, and I attained my work experience at the Cyprus Department of Environment...
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Education workshop for teachers about Oroklini Lake

Following the success of the workshop for teachers that took place at Oroklini last April, a second workshop will be organised at the new facilities of the Akrotiri Environment and Information Centre on Thursday, 4 December (2014), (15:00-18:00). During the workshop, educators will have...
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Grand opening of Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre

Τhe opening ceremony of the new building of Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre in Limassol was held by the Minister of Education and Culture Mr. Kostas Kadis and the Commander of the SBA’s οn Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The ceremony was attended by about 160 guests from...
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The water management works at Oroklini Lake have been completed

During late September 2014, BirdLife Cyprus completed the second and final round of management works on site as part of the LIFE Oroklini project. These works included the creation of a nesting islet in the north part of the Oroklini Lake, the installation of an eel pass, cutting of expanding...
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‘Important Bird Areas of Cyprus’ Book Launch Events were a great success

BirdLife Cyprus, overjoyed to present its new publication, ‘Important Bird Areas of Cyprus’ organised three Book Launch events in October. The first event was in Limassol οn 17 October, in combination with a talk by the famous Finnish ornithologist, world Raptor expert and author of ‘The Raptors...
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EUROBIRDWATCH 2014 - Results

The weekend of 4th and 5th October saw the 21st EuroBirdwatch held by many European BirdLife partners. Over 23,000 people took part in the annual event. From Portugal to Kazakhstan, Malta to Norway, people of all ages and backgrounds were invited to observe migrating birds and count them for...
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BirdLife Cyprus joins NGO visit to Estonia

BirdLife Cyprus’ Director had the opportunity to go on a Study visit in October (5-8 October) to Estonia. The visit was organised and coordinated by the NGO Initiative, to which BirdLife Cyprus belongs since 2010 and aimed at helping the participants familiarise themselves with the environment for...
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Dick Forsman visit to Cyprus

BirdLife Cyprus had the honour to host world raptor expert and author of ‘The Raptors of Europe and the Middle East’, Dick Forsman in October. Dick Forsman renowned Finnish ornithologist, researcher, artist and photographer visited Cyprus as part of the project ‘IBACareCY’, for the Development of...
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Oroklini Lake - A wetland of European Importance

Oroklini Lake is a must-see wildlife site in the Larnaca district. This fantastic nature patch is literally in the heart of Voroklini community and, despite its small size, is home to rich wildlife. For the preservation of its great biodiversity, the wetland is protected under European Directives, thus it is...
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European Commission for 2014-2019 and the environment

The European Parliament approved on 22 October the composition of the new European Commission and that was rubber stamped by the European Council on 23 October. This allows the new Commission under President Jean-Claude Juncker, to take up posts from 1st November 2014 until...
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LIFE Oroklini project coordinator visits Slovenia

In order to exchange experience and gain knowledge on wetland restoration and management, the LIFE Oroklini project coordinator from BirdLife Cyprus visited the BirdLife partner in Slovenia (DOPPS) in late September until early October. The project coordinator visited three...
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Update on the campaign against the illegal trapping of birds

The campaign against the illegal trapping of birds remains one of the key campaigns of BirdLife Cyprus, as illegal trapping constitutes a serious and persistent problem. The actions undertaken to tackle this problem can be separated in three main categories: systematic monitoring, awareness...
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Raptor-watching round-up and satellite-tagged ‘Red-foots’

With the autumn raptor count now completed, satellite-tagging adds a whole new dimension to our understanding of raptor migration. BirdLife Cyprus’s team of raptor counters have been in action since the last weekend of August, covering the main ‘bottleneck’ sites for bird of prey passage: Akrotiri...
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Agricultural and Garden Fair 7-9.11.2014

BirdLife Cyprus will take part at the Cyprus Agricultural and Garden Fair, which will be held at the Cyprus State Fair in Nicosia, 7-9 November 2014, during afternoon hours (15:30 – 22:00). The fair is under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, which will be present...
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Early field data indicate a tragic picture for autumn illegal bird trapping

BirdLife Cyprus has been undertaking its systematic monitoring field programme of illegal bird trapping activity since the beginning of September 2014 and we will continue until mid-October, covering the autumn bird migration...
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IBACareCY Project EVENTS

In the framework of the ‘IBACareCY Project’ for the Development of a Network of Important Bird Area (IBA) Caretakers in Cyprus generously funded by the EEA Grants Cyprus NGO programme, BirdLife Cyprus invites you to a talk by the famous Finnish ornithologist, world raptor expert and author of ‘The...
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The first screening in Cyprus of the documentary “Emptying the Skies” was a great success

BirdLife Cyprus with the support of NABU (partner of BirdLife International in Germany) and Heinz Sielmann Stiftung organised the first screening in Cyprus of the award winning documentary “Emptying the Skies” and a panel discussion on illegal trapping of migratory birds in Cyprus with Mrs...
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Action by LPO (BirdLife France) to stop Ortolan Bunting trapping in France

On the morning of 4 September, 2014 in Landes, France, a team of conservationists were violently attacked by poachers during their efforts to free caged live decoy Ortolan Buntings. The police had to intervene to protect the conservationists. The head of the LPO delegation...
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Raptor-watchers scanning the autumn skies

Raptor migration is arguably the highlight of the autumn migration season, and BirdLife Cyprus’ team of counters have been in action since the last weekend of August, covering the main ‘bottleneck’ sites for bird of prey passage: Akrotiri peninsula, Pafos plain and Cape Greco...
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Rural Development under the microscope

Will tax-payers money go to support sustainable, wildlife-friendly farming, or chemical-heavy monocultures? This is the stark choice being made across the EU right now, with Cyprus and other member states having submitted the first drafts of their Rural Development Plans (RDP) for 2014-20 to...
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4th NGO fair of Cyprus

A Fair dedicated to promoting Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) of Cyprus successfully took place at Faneromeni square in Nicosia, on Saturday 20 September 2014. The 4th annual NGO fair was organised by the NGO Support Centre in collaboration with...
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EuroBirdwatch - For the migratory birds and their flyways

EuroBirdwatch is an annual event taking place on the first weekend of October (4-5 October), comprising hundreds of organised activities in Europe and is the largest joint action of the BirdLife Partnership. EuroBirdwatch aims to spread the message of bird migration and how important it is to...
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Extinction of the Passenger pigeon

2014 is the anniversary of a very noteworthy event for conservation. Exactly 100 years ago — on September 1, 1914 — the passenger pigeon was driven to extinction. The passenger pigeon, once the most common bird in the United States, numbering in the billions. The passenger pigeon...
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Photo Exhibition – Forest Birds

BirdLife Cyprus in collaboration with Leventeio Municipal Museum of Nicosia, the Iconology Research Centre of Chrysorroyiatissa Holy Monastery and the Cyprus Forestry Association, invites you to the event ‘Birds and Plants of Cyprus in Nature and Art’. The event will take place at the Monastery on...
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Management works at Oroklini Lake in progress

As part of the EU funded LIFE Oroklini project management works will start on 22/09/2014. The works aim to improve the nesting conditions for Oroklini birds.More specifically: We will be conducting water management works. These works will ensure suitable levels of water for birds during the...
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Cyprus NGO Fair in September

Like every year, during the past few years a fair dedicated to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) of Cyprus, will take place as a form of recognition towards them and their unique work. The NGO Fair is organised by the NGO Support Centre, in collaboration with the...
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BIRDFAIR – Promoting Cyprus

As mentioned in a previous article, BirdLife Cyprus took part at the greatest event dedicated to birdwatching, the British Birdwatching Fair (Birdfair), between 15-17 August. The fair took place at Rutland Water Nature Reserve in England, which has become a benchmark for all birdwatchers, since...
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Common breeding birds show decline, with farmland birds most at risk

The latest assessment by BirdLife Cyprus shows that the numbers of common breeding birds in our forests, scrublands and farmland have declined by 10% since 2006. But the really worrying news is that, taken as a group, common breeding birds in our farmland habitats have...
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‘Article 12’ assessment of our birds now available

The in-depth assessment under ‘Article 12’ of the EU Birds Directive shows that 10% of Cyprus breeding bird species have declined since 2000, while 15% have been in decline in the longer-term, since 1980. The assessment, carried out by BirdLife Cyprus for the Game...
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Autumn raptor counts

By the time you read this, the annual spectacle that is autumn migration through Cyprus will already be well on its way. For anyone interested in birds and birdwatching, this is a great time of the year, with so many birds flooding through our island on the way to...
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First Screening – ‘Emptying the Skies’

BirdLife Cyprus with the support of NABU (partner of BirdLife International in Germany) and Heinz Sielmann Stiftung organises the first screening in Cyprus, of the awarded documentary “Emptying the skies”. The screening will take place on Monday, 15 September at...
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MAVA Foundation project on awareness raising against illegal bird trapping ends this month

BirdLife Cyprus has been involved in the ‘Flyways Programme’ of BirdLife International via the project ‘Capacity Development for Flyway Conservation in the Mediterranean’ for the last 2 years, a project that ends in August 2014 and has been funded by the MAVA...
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Birdfair – Celebrating birdwatching!

If any of you will be in England between the 15 and 17 August and have some spare time, please take a road trip towards Egleton, and visit the Rutland Water Nature Reserve. There, for the past 25 years, the greatest event for birdwatchers takes place, the British...
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One tenth of bird species flying under the conservation radar

More than 350 newly recognised bird species have been assessed by BirdLife International for the first time on behalf of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Worryingly, more than 25% of these newly recognised bird species have been listed as threatened on the...
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Educational presentations at summer workshops

School may be out for summer, but BirdLife Cyprus officers continue to reach more children through educational presentations at summer workshops. BirdLife Cyprus took part in out of the ordinary summer workshops for children and teenagers, in fun and creative environments...
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Field season round-up

Not much has escaped the attentions of our team of recorders this spring, as our systematic monitoring programmes gather pace. A total of 598 breeding season surveys were carried out between 1 March and early July 2014, by a dedicated team made up of local and visiting...
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Media coverage on bird trapping at Sigma TV

Illegal bird trapping has been on the spotlight of media attention in the last few months, particularly on the Sigma TV show ‘Anoixti Grammi’, where it has been discussed on various occasions. The 1st show was on 8 May 2014, with the Cyprus Environment...
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A day dedicated to nature enthusiasts at Oroklini Lake

On 22 July, around 50 people joined the LIFE Oroklini project partners for a special occasion, an Open Day for Oroklini Lake. The event began with birdwatching at Oroklini Lake and people were excited to see Flamingos, Spur-winged Lapwings, Spoonbills, Glossy...
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Goodbye Cyprus…

After a busy but enjoyable 18 months in Cyprus, time (and funding) has run out and I will be leaving my role as Project Scientific Officer. Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and staff of BirdLife Cyprus, during my time here a lot has been achieved and Cyprus...
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BirdLife Cyprus participates at international conference on illegal killing of migratory birds in Greece

BirdLife Cyprus participated at an international conference in Zakynthos, Greece between 26 -27 June 2014. The key objective of the conference was the identification of best practices and the development of specific actions and/or programmes...
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2014 Spring Surveys

The start of July and the long hot Cypriot summer signals the end of our spring survey work. Starting on March 1st dedicated volunteers and BirdLife Cyprus staff followed the success of surveys in 2013, by doing even more this year. There was an...
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Oroklini Lake Open Day on 22 July 2014

The year 2014 is the final year of implementation of the LIFE Oroklini project and as foreseen by the project, an Open Day will be organised in July 2014. This Open Day is the third and last one organised as part of the LIFE Oroklini project and the...
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Practical ways to coexist with swallows and house martins

There are many people who love and respect the environment and who find practical ways to coexist with nature. As depicted in the photo, the owner of this house belongs to this group of people, since he came up with this excellent idea to protect...
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BirdLife Cyprus welcomes Ombudswoman’s report on illegal trapping in Cyprus

BirdLife Cyprus welcomes the report by the Ombudswoman on the illegal trapping of birds in Cyprus released on 27 May 2014. The report is the result of a complaint submitted by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and Foundation...
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BirdLife remains cautious until the next autumn, despite low trapping activity recorded for Spring 2014

BirdLife Cyprus has just completed its spring trapping report for 2014. The field survey was carried out in April 2014, surveying in total 40 squares. The trapping findings of this spring survey included 908 metres of active net rides and 7 mist nets...
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Fitting geolocators on Cyprus Wheatears

BirdLife Cyprus and the Game and Fund Service have been fitting geolocators on Cyprus Wheatears in Cyprus. Geolocators are small devices that use a light sensitive receptor and the analysis of the data they collect allows the determination of...
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Building bilateral relations between BirdLife Cyprus and BirdLife Iceland (Fuglavernd)

The EEA and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 16 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe. As part of the ‘IBACareCY’...
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Meeting with Ministry of the Environment

A BirdLife Cyprus delegation met with the Senior Officer of the Ministry of Environment and Rural Development, Mr Louis Tsaggarides on Tuesday 3 June at the Ministry. Mr Tsaggarides was replacing the Minister, Mr Kouyialis, who due to unforeseen...
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Oroklini Lake Special Protection Area – Please do not Enter

Many of our readers possibly know by now that as from December 2013, the Game and Fauna Service has erected a fence around Oroklini Lake, as part of the LIFE Oroklini project. The aim of this action was to minimise human disturbance to birds, caused...
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Scientists declare new CAP is bad for nature

Politicians may be proclaiming it as a ‘green’ reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), but experts argue that the recently completed changes are far too weak to have any positive impact on the continent’s shrinking farmland biodiversity...
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Diclofenac – Vulture disaster

As has already been pointed out on a previous article, the veterinary drug Diclofenac has negative impacts on vulture populations all over the world. Vulture populations in India declined dramatically by 99% due to this drug. Vultures who feed on the...
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BirdLife Cyprus board game on bird migration

These past few months, BirdLife Cyprus officers have been visiting primary schools in Nicosia, Larnaca and Famagusta districts to inform children about the birds of Cyprus, bird migration, and raise awareness about the threats that birds face, such as...
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REMINDER: Help us with surveys in 2014

After a successful year of survey work in 2013, this year we are doing even more. But we can only achieve this with the help of volunteers and there are several surveys where we need help: Common Bird Monitoring Scheme – based on...
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Events and media coverage of BirdLife Cyprus in May!

BirdLife Cyprus always aims to inform the public and raise awareness about the importance of nature conservation and protection of our wildlife. One of the best ways to achieve this, is by promoting our work and activities through talks, presentations...
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International flyway conservation workshop successfully completed

Twenty-six delegates from conservation NGOs in 20 countries, such as Malta and the UK, as well as countries of the Middle East and the Balkans, met for a flyway conservation workshop organised in Nicosia by BirdLife International, supported by the...
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Recent court decisions vindicate anti-trapping campaigns

A second court trial in the last few months has dismissed once again all the wrongful accusations that are usually proclaimed by suspected bird trappers against anti-trapping activists. The latest court decision was announced on 9 May 2014, which vindicated...
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Sounds of summer…

There is no sound more evocative of long summer days than the screaming call of the Common Swift. These amazing aerial masters return to breed in northern latitudes, after spending the winter in sub-Saharan Africa and at this time of year “screaming...
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The European Commission visits the LIFE Oroklini project

On 6 May 2014, the European Commission visited the LIFE Oroklini project for the scheduled check of the project. According to the LIFE program guidelines, such visits take place at least once in the duration of a project. The purpose of the visit was...
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New staff at BirdLife Cyprus

From June 2014, two new people will be part of BirdLife Cyprus’ team!
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Spring Vulture Count

On 29 April, BirdLife Cyprus volunteers and staff, took up positions in six key locations in the south-west of the island, for a day of counting vultures – the spring census for the Griffon Vulture. For some observers it was a long day in the field as the count lasted from 08:00 until 19:00.
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Task Force meeting on the Birds and Habitats Directives

BirdLife Cyprus once again participated in the meeting of the Task Force on the Birds and Habitats Directives, organised by BirdLife Europe. The meeting was hosted by our Italian Partner LIPU in Varese, Italy, between 12 and 16 of May...
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Annual trip to count Audouin’s gulls

For the 8th year running, BirdLife Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot Bird Protection Society KUSKOR jointly organized a boat survey of our one-and-only breeding colony of the rare Audouin’s gull at Kleides islands, off the tip of the Karpasia peninsula...
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IBAs get ‘Ears and Eyes’: Launching the ‘IBACareCY’ Project

Effective conservation action is impossible without reliable information. Monitoring has been deeply embedded in BirdLife Cyprus’ areas of action since its formation in 2003 and it is one of its top priorities in its Strategy for 2013-2020. Inspired...
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European Elections and Nature Conservation: who pledged to become ‘the Voice for Nature Conservation’

Europe has been a global leader in environmental ambition. Members of the European Parliament have been foremost in turning that ambition into policy, since 1979. The MEPs' contribution was decisive in creating the globally pioneering network of protected...
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Help us establish 21 May as European Natura 2000 Day!

May 21 is just around the corner and the European Natura 2000 Day is nearly upon us. This year 18 European countries have joined in the celebration to value this great network. Get ready to do your bit! In 2013, SEO/BirdLife...
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Events for the public-Spreading our message

BirdLife Cyprus continued its efforts, for informing and raising awareness about the protection of birds and the environment and also to spread the important message of the need for nature conservation. As part of these efforts, the past...
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Prince Charles intervention against trapping

BirdLife Cyprus welcomes the intervention by Prince Charles regarding the illegal bird trapping, condemning this practice at the British Sovereign Base Area (SBA) in Cyprus, hoping that this will be a catalyst for change. Prince Charles...
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BirdLife Cyprus completes its monitoring survey for spring 2014

BirdLife Cyprus has just completed its spring monitoring survey, covering in total 40 squares during April 2014. This is the 12th spring season covered by our surveillance programme and was undertaken with the help of a volunteer...
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Oroklini Lake education pack for primary schools is now available

Thanks to the education pack prepared as part of the LIFE Oroklini project, Cyprus' pupils will have the opportunity to learn about the natural wetland of Oroklini and get involved in its protection. The education pack was prepared...
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Discover our breeding species as a volunteer

The end of April marks the end of the ‘Early’ survey season. For both the Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (CBMS) and the Breeding Bird Atlas squares and it’s now time for ‘Late’ visits. This split ensures that we effectively monitor both...
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The stairs have been replaced at the birdwatching hide at Oroklini Lake

Visitors and especially birdwatchers will be happy to know that the Game and Fauna Service has placed new and improved stairs at the birdwatching hide located at the south side of the Oroklini Lake. Soon, interpretation panels...
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CAP meetings in Brussels in a push for a ‘green’ Rural Development Programme

In early April, the BirdLife Europe Agriculture Task Force met in Brussels, with main topic of discussion the preparation of Member State Rural Development Programmes (RDP). The RDP is the part of the Common Agricultural...
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Eyes Wide Open

I work for RSPB Cymru in Cardiff, Wales, and became eligible to apply for a sabbatical this year. I wanted a new challenge, something completely different that would get me out of the office for a month, exchanging a mouse and a...
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New BirdLife Cyprus Media Officer

The BirdLife Cyprus team has a new member, as Natalie Stylianou has joined the organisation in the position of Media Officer. Natalie says “I am excited to join the team of BirdLife Cyprus and dedicate myself to this essential purpose...
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Join us to celebrate the opening of the Information Kiosk at Oroklini Lake

The Oroklini Lake information kiosk will be officially opened, with a celebratory inauguration event on Tuesday 6 May 2014, at 6pm in the evening. The Technical Desk Officer of the LIFE Unit of the European Commission Mrs Muriel...
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Help us with surveys in 2014

After a successful year of survey work in 2013 we are doing even more this year. But we can only achieve this with the help of volunteers and there are several surveys where we need help: Common Bird Monitoring Scheme – this survey...
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Caring for our IBAs – Elaborating a National Strategy for IBA Caretakers in Cyprus

After the approval of the revised Cyprus IBA Inventory by BirdLife International last summer, BirdLife Cyprus swiftly shifted the focus of its Conserving Sites and Habitats Campaign to the ongoing challenge: to protect the IBAs and promote their...
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Even more school visits..

BirdLife Cyprus regularly visits schools in order to raise awareness amongst pupils and their teachers about birds and nature more generally. We strongly believe that informing and educating young children about nature can...
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Let’s Do It! Cyprus - 2014

The time of year to clean our whole country in a day is here! Let’s Do It Cyprus! is part of the campaign Let’s Do It World, a worldwide movement, the biggest volunteer programme and a unique civil society movement. Let’s Do It! began...
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Information kiosk at Oroklini in operation

As of 17 March 2014 the information kiosk at Oroklini Lake has an Officer! The Information Kiosk Officer, hired by the Voroklini Community Council as foreseen by the LIFE Oroklini project, is responsible for the operation of the...
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BirdLife Cyprus at the Cyprus Open University

BirdLife Cyprus was invited to give a talk to Master students at the Open University of Cyprus on 15 March 2014. The talk was about ‘The Birds of Cyprus and their protection’ and covered issues related to the species of birds observed...
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Court decisions against illegal bird trapping

One of the key elements to tackle illegal bird trapping at its root is the need to have deterrent court fines as part of a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to wildlife crime, something that is still non-existent in Cyprus. On average court penalties are...
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Surveys update…

On 1 March a range of surveys got underway for the breeding birds of Cyprus. Volunteers and BirdLife Cyprus staff are now busy walking their transects as part of the Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (CBMS), visiting a 10km x 10km Atlas square...
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Photo exhibition ‘From the world of Cyprus birds’ continues to Pafos

It is with great pleasure that we would like to inform our friends and supporters that the Photo Exhibition titled ‘From the world of Cyprus birds’ will continue in Pafos. The exhibition which was hosted at the Leventis Municipal Museum...
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Aradippou takes action to help swifts

With so many and ever-increasing threats against wildlife in general and birds in particular in Cyprus, it is both very pleasing and encouraging when a local community takes the initiative to ‘give something back’ to nature. The Municipal ...
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Presentation of the study that assessed the impacts of bee-eaters on beekeeping in Cyprus

BirdLife Cyprus attended the presentation of a study that assessed the economic impact of bee-eaters on bees in Cyprus, at the Agricultural Educational Centre in Limassol, on 15 March 2014. This 3-year project was commissioned...
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Ringing and releasing birds from rehabilitation

On 13 March 2014, BirdLife Cyprus was invited to ring 43 birds at the Game and Fauna Service Rehabilitation Centre. The birds ended up at the centre, after being found shot, caught on limesticks, poisoned, exhausted or orphaned...
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BirdLife Cyprus talks to CTO guides

On 11 March, BirdLife Cyprus had the opportunity to make a presentation about the birds of Cyprus and bird-watching to the Cyprus Tourist Guides Association of Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO). The talk was given after an...
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Diclofenac: a threat for our rare Griffon vultures

The veterinary drug Diclofenac – highly toxic to vultures – has recently been licensed in Italy and Spain, with the possibility of export to other countries, and BirdLife Cyprus has joined its parent organisation BirdLife International and the Vulture...
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BIRD RACE 2014

Last year six teams took part in what was a revised programme for the bird race. Participants chose from 3 categories...
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Annual General Meeting 2014

We invite all of you to this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will take place on Sunday, 30th March 2014 at the Classic Hotel, Nicosia.
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Civil Society modernises

BirdLife Cyprus is part of an informal group of NGOs, called ‘NGO Initiative’, fighting for the modernization of the laws according to which NGOs in Cyprus register or get ‘charity’ status. During the week 10-14 February, numerous...
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Cyprus NGOs meet European Commission in Cyprus

BirdLife Cyprus and four other NGOs met with the European Commission on 24 February in Cyprus. The European Commission, Directorate General for the Environment, representatives were visiting Cyprus as...
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Our birds at the mercy of poaching and illegal trapping

One sad incident succeeds the other, in terms of illegal trapping and poaching in Cyprus, recently. According to BirdLife Cyprus observations and information published in the press, from early September until today apart...
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Unsubstantiated claims to include fox as game species due to its impacts on biodiversity

The hunting lobby in Cyprus has been pushing for a new addition to the game species list, this time the fox. Inclusion of the fox as a game species was proposed by a Member of the Parliament, Mr Andreas Kyprianou, the previous president...
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“Larnaca Salt Lakes” - An important wetland in a dire state

“Larnaca Salt Lakes” is one of the first sites in Cyprus recognized for its ecological importance. The site was identified as an Important Bird Area in 1989 and after gaining its status as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance in...
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Ground-breaking news for bird conservation - Albania votes for a 2 year hunting ban

The government of Albania has taken a ground-breaking decision to implement a moratorium on all hunting in the country. The law was approved on 30 January 2014 and suspends all hunting licenses and use of hunting areas...
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Infrastructure for visitors at Oroklini Lake

Visitors at Oroklini Lake will soon be able to enjoy the site thanks to the two new infrastructures created on site, as part of the LIFE Oroklini project. South of the Lake, the Game and Fauna Service has built a birdwatching hide. Currently..
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BirdLife Cyprus keeps busy while raising awareness about nature.

These past few weeks, our staff and volunteers have been kept busy, organising and participating at events for raising awareness, informing the public about our actions and highlighting the beauty of Cyprus’ nature. On 19 February..
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Survey Volunteer Workshops

In preparation for the start of the spring survey season, two volunteer workshops were organised in late February – one at the BirdLife Cyprus office and one at the Environmental Studies Centre, Kritou Terra in Pafos. Research Coordinator Martin...
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Promotion of the anti-trapping awareness campaign via Media

BirdLife Cyprus is continuing its high profile anti-trapping awareness campaign, with a series of actions taking place in the following few months, funded by the MAVA Foundation. During the last few months we have been collaborating with the...
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Concrete progress towards mapping of HNV farmland in Cyprus

Significant and very necessary progress has been made on the definition of High Nature Value (HNV) farmland areas, during a relevant workshop organised by the Environment Department on 21 February, with the participation of...
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Educational trip to Israel for vulture conservation

The Executive Director of BirdLife Cyprus visited Israel as part of the GYPAS project between 8-13 January, together with project partners from the Museum of Natural History in Crete. The visit was hosted by Israel’s Nature and...
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The Project GYPAS ends – but it needs to continue

The Project GYPAS for protecting and enhancing the population of Griffon Vulture in Cyprus, under the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Greece - Cyprus 2007-2013, has successfully been completed.
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January Waterbird Counts

January is the time for the mid-winter waterbird counts at wetland sites across Europe, North Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East as part of the International Waterbird Census (IWC), previously known as Mid Winter Waterbird...
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A documentary tribute to Oroklini Lake and its wildlife

In order to showcase the importance of Oroklini Lake and its rich wildlife, the Environment Department coordinated the production of a 15-minute documentary, as part of the LIFE Oroklini project, titled “Oroklini Lake – a wetland of...
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High autumn trapping activity attracts the attention of national and international media

BirdLife Cyprus completed its autumn 2013 trapping report and published it in early January 2014. The analysis of the field data showed that the dramatic increase in illegal bird trapping sadly continued for another year. Overall...
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Spring Alive ends and is about to start again!

Another year has passed and this means that the eighth Spring Alive Season has come to an end and the ninth season is about to begin! During the 8th season of Spring Alive over 54,000 children and 900 teachers and supervisors...
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CYPRUS BIRD REPORT 2012

The report contains 40 colour photos, the 2012 Systematic List of 294 observed species which was compiled from nearly 57,000 records, the 2012 Ringing report, papers on the first Crested Honey Buzzard...
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Parliament votes on Renewable Energy Sources, but what does this mean for Natura 2000 sites?

Under pressure from the EU and with the probability of a massive fine of 11,000 euro per day, the Cyprus Parliament approved a new law on Renewable Energy Sources, on the night of 16 January. The Law aims to transpose the European Directive...
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Volunteers Workshops 2014 - NEW DATES!

Spring is fast approaching and this means it’s time to go outdoors and take part in a few bird surveys. The Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (CBMS) and breeding Atlas programme will start again on 1st March and in preparation..
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NEW Polo T-shirts

Check out the new BirdLife Cyprus POLO T-shirt! These new short sleeve shirts have a small black logo of BirdLife Cyprus on the left front...
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Cyprus in ‘top 2’ on bird reporting

Thanks to the work done by BirdLife Cyprus, Cyprus is in the pleasing position of being well ahead of the game when it comes to reporting on the status of our birds. As we reported last month, BirdLife Cyprus was contracted...
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WORLD WETLANDS DAY

Like every year, on 2 February we will celebrate the World Wetlands Day. Forty three years ago, in 1971, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance was adopted, the so-called Ramsar Convention...
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BirdLife Cyprus organises a Photography Workshop

As part of the celebrations for the 10th anniversary of BirdLife Cyprus, BirdLife Cyprus organizes a nature and wild bird photography workshop for those interested in improving their photographic skills. The workshop will...
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A stimulating discussion with students in Alexander College

On 5 December, two BirdLife Cyprus staff members, Melpo Apostolidou (Coordinator of Life Oroklini) and Maria Christodoulou (Development Officer), joined the course of Landscape Architecture at Alexander...
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An early Christmas present for birders in Cyprus

Christmas arrived early for the birdwatching community in Cyprus with the discovery of a Little Bustard near Nicosia on 3 December. This is only the third confirmed live record for Cyprus and the first...
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First five Griffon Vultures released

Five more Griffon vultures are flying free in Cyprus since last week. On 10 December, personnel of the Game and Fauna Service, BirdLife Cyprus and the Department of Forests released the first five...
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BirdLife Cyprus on Air!

The long planned initiative of BirdLife’s staff members for a radio show is going to come true soon, by the end of January. The show will be hosted by the MYCYradio, the first multilingual community web...
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Very high activity levels and lack of political will set the autumn trapping scene

BirdLife Cyprus has just finalised its autumn 2013 trapping report, presenting the analysis of the survey data and providing an overview of the trapping situation in Cyprus. Sadly trapping activity remained...
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The new face of Oroklini Lake

With the end of 2013 approaching, some of the most important actions for the conservation of Oroklini Lake have been completed as part of the LIFE Oroklini project. The Game and Fauna Service has erected a...
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BirdLife Cyprus at the meeting of the Birds and Habitats Directives Task Force in Brussels

BirdLife Cyprus once again participated at the meeting of the Task Force on the Birds and Habitats Directives, organised by BirdLife Europe. This time, the group was hosted by BirdLife Europe between 25 and...
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Griffon Vulture Census, December 2013

The latest census for the wild Griffon vulture population in Cyprus took place on December 17th with observers from BirdLife Cyprus (volunteers and staff), government agencies (Game and Fauna Service and Forestry...
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Lobbying at the European Level for funding for nature conservation for the next seven years

As was mentioned in our previous article, BirdLife Cyprus argues that investing in nature provides multiple benefits for society and the economy at a local, regional and European level: the nature conservation sector...
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The State tries to get close to the citizen through organising public consultations, but...

The Ministerial Council of this Government adopted the 4th December as ‘Day of Public Consultation’. Starting from this year each Ministry organised on the 4th or the next few days a public consultation...
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Reporting on the status of our birds

Just how many Nightjars Caprimulgus europaeus breed in Cyprus? How many Peregrine falcons, does our island play host to? Have numbers of these and other rare or even common birds been going up or down in recent years?...
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Mediteraves Project finishes

The Mediteraves Project comes to an end with an online training course for birdwatching tourism professionals and an Android smart phone ‘app’. The Mediteraves project (IPOT – International Project of Ornithological Tourism)...
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Networking Workshop on “Managing Wetlands for Birds” as part of a LIFE project

Through a two-day workshop organised on 31 October and 1 November 2013, the LIFE Oroklini project provided a great opportunity to bring together experts on managing wetlands for birds. BirdLife Cyprus organised the...
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Never ending surveys….and workshops in 2014

So far during 2013, volunteers and BirdLife Cyprus staff have covered 108 transects for the Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (CBMS), and in the process we walked over 200km. Furthermore, we’ve done over 500 hours...
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BirdLife Cyprus organises a follow up workshop for the finalisation of a Strategic Action Plan against illegal bird trapping

BirdLife Cyprus, with financial support from the MAVA Foundation, organised a follow up workshop on 18th November titled ‘Finalisation of the Strategic Action Plan (StAP) for tackling illegal bird trapping in Cyprus’, at the...
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The Project GYPAS enters its final stage!

After two years of actions, the Project GYPAS (www.gypas.org) is heading towards its successful completion, with the release of the first Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) scheduled soon. In order to prepare for this, a group...
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Water Management Works under way at Oroklini Lake

The Water Management Works are currently under way at Oroklini Lake as part of the LIFE Oroklini project. The aim of these works is to create safe nesting locations for the bird species that nest on site by...
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BirdLife Partners meet in Austria to discuss European work programme

BirdLife Partners from 37 European countries met between 12 and 15 November 2013, in Austria, to discuss the European programme for the period 2014-2020, the priorities for engagement and to give advice...
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10 more vultures arrive from Crete as part of the GYPAS project

The arrival of another 10 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) on 14 November marks the completion of the GYPAS project (www.gypas.org), for the protection and reinforcement of the population of vultures in...
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A unique opportunity to learn more about Oroklini lake

A photo exhibition demonstrating Oroklini Lake and its rich wildlife has opened for the public on 20 November 2013. The exhibition titled “Oroklini Lake all through the year“ is organised as part of the LIFE project...
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Winter Griffon Vulture count

Watchers from BirdLife Cyprus, the Game & Fauna Service, the Department of Forests and the SBA Environment Department will again be posted on remote hillsides and cliff tops across the Limassol and Paphos...
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CAP “salvaging” workshops

The BirdLife Europe Agriculture Task Force met in Turin in early November for the rather unpleasant business of salvaging what is possible for biodiversity and the environment from a disastrous reform of the...
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IPOT - Mediteraves, ready for the next step

MediterAves - BirdLife’s EU-funded project to promote sustainable birdwatching tourism in the Natura 2000 protected area network - is about to take a giant leap forward. A new smart phone app (application) will soon be available...
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High profile coverage of illegal trapping by internationally known TV channel & visit by NABU delegation

The issue of bird trapping is continuing to attract the attention of international media, this time Al Jazeera, an internationally well-known TV channel. The TV channel journalist, Phil Lavelle, managed to get footage of...
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Political will to tackle illegal bird trapping at its lowest for the last few years

BirdLife Cyprus had a meeting on 23 September 2013 with the Minister of Justice and Public Order, Mr Ionas Nicolaou, to discuss the issue of illegal bird trapping and the enforcement action that the...
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Changes to our team!

As of November 1st, Maria Christodoulou, will be joining BirdLife Cyprus’ team, replacing Lilia Kapsali, our Development Officer, who decided to make a change in her life and, unfortunately for us, move to the...
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How many raptors?

During the autumn, large numbers of raptors pass through Cyprus on their southerly migration. For six weeks, from early September to mid-October, volunteers and BirdLife Cyprus staff were out counting as many...
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BirdLife International Director, Hazell Thompson visits BirdLife Cyprus

With the opportunity of the 10th Anniversary event of BirdLife Cyprus, Dr Hazell Shokellu Thompson, visited Cyprus to give a short speech at the event and meet with the BirdLife Cyprus team. Hazell is the Director for Partnership, Capacity and Communities of BirdLife International based at...
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EuroBirdwatch Results 2013

It’s the end of October and this means that for another year, the annual EuroBirdwatch has been successfully completed. Since the beginning of this initiative in 1993, EuroBirdwatch represents the biggest event of the BirdLife partners in...
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BirdLife Cyprus at the Hunting Fair

BirdLife Cyprus participated in a biodiversity-themed side-event organised by fellow NGO Terra Cypria at the 2013 Hunting fair at the Nicosia Conference Centre, as part of the..
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BirdLife Cyprus meets Minister of Interior Mr. Hasikos

A BirdLife Cyprus delegation met with the Minister of Interior, Mr. Hasikos, on Tuesday 24 September. The meeting took place in a positive atmosphere, and the Minister expressed his interest in nature conservation issues and was eager to discuss and promote further collaboration...
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Photo Exhibition “Oroklini Lake all through the year” - 20 November 2013

A Photo Exhibition demonstrating Oroklini Lake’s beautiful landscapes and wildlife through the four seasons will be opening on 20 November 2013, at 19:00, at the Voroklini Community Council building, at Larnaca, as part of the LIFE Oroklini project...
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BirdLife Cyprus proposals for the Cyprus Rural Development Programme 2014-2020

The Cyprus Department of Agriculture is currently working on preparing the Cyprus Rural Development Programme for 2014-2020, which is the strategy for rural development, with the corresponding financial mechanisms to support it..
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170 Volunteers - 1 Lake - 100 bags of waste: Mission Accomplished!

The Oroklini Lake Clean-up day proved to be a very successful event with around 170 volunteers joining the efforts of the LIFE Oroklini project partners, to clean and restore Oroklini Lake. Many local organised groups, groups from schools of the area and Larnaca district, individuals from...
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Management works to be implemented at Oroklini Lake as part of the LIFE Oroklini project

Some of the most important conservation actions foreseen by the LIFE Oroklini project have already started at Oroklini Lake. The lake suffers from disturbance caused by vehicles and people entering the site, and causing disturbance to nesting birds, as well as from lack of water management...
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BirdLife Cyprus celebrates 10th Anniversary

BirdLife Cyprus celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a special evening event organised on 15 October 2013, at the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia. At the event more than 300 guests had the opportunity to listen to welcome speeches by...
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Management works to be implemented at Oroklini Lake as part of the LIFE Oroklini project

Some of the most important conservation actions foreseen by the LIFE Oroklini project will be starting soon at Oroklini Lake. Among other threats, the lake suffers from vehicles and people entering the site and causing disturbance to nesting birds, as well as from lack of water management...
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Autumn workshops for survey volunteers

After a busy year of survey work so far, BirdLife Cyprus ran two workshops for survey volunteers in September. Project Scientific Officer Andy Simpkin led the workshops, and the aim was to provide feedback on the work completed during the spring with regards to the Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (CBMS), Atlas and Nocturnal Surveys, and also to provide updates on other survey work...
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Will there be funding for conservation for the next 7 years?

A healthy and diverse environment provides the basis for human survival and economic prosperity. The decisions taken today about how the European Funds will be allocated will determine the health and productivity of our land until 2020. Many studies show that that investing in nature provides multiple benefits for society and the economy at a local, regional and European level...
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BirdLife Cyprus at the EBCC conference in Romania

Romania was the venue for the 13th conference of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC), from September 17th to 21st, and BirdLife Cyprus was represented there by Acting Research Coordinator Martin Hellicar and Project Scientific Officer Andy Simpkin. Also in the Cyprus delegation to the conference – held in the Transylvanian town of Cluj – was Nicos Kassinis of the Game & Fauna Service...
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Celebrate Eurobirdwatch 2013 with us!

EuroBirdwatch is BirdLife’s annual birdwatching event in Europe and Central Asia. EuroBirdwatch works to raise awareness of issues relating to bird migration and promotes efforts to save threatened bird species and their habitats. This year’s EuroBirdwatch will take place on the weekend of 5-6 October 2013...
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European Commission proposes new law for Invasive Alien Species

On 9 September 2013, the European Commission published a long overdue proposal for a Regulation to control Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in the European Union. The proposal aims to tackle the negative impacts of IAS to native wildlife, the economy and human health. IAS are species that do not occur naturally and appear after introduction by man...
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Karpasia Oil Spill Update

According to the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), around 80% of the oil spilled into the sea off the north coast of Cyprus this past summer was recovered. Approximately 300-450 tonnes of oil were spilt during the unloading of fuel from a tanker to the pipeline of Turkish energy company AKSA on 15 July 2013 off the Karpasia coast, which immediately spread to an area of approx. 5km radius, and then over two days to 12-13 km of coastline...
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Confirmation of the Revised IBA Inventory for Cyprus by BirdLife International

In August 2013, BirdLife Cyprus received the much-awaited confirmation of the revised Important Bird Area (IBA) Inventory for Cyprus from BirdLife International. Cyprus now has 34 IBAs, some of which were already identified in the previous Inventory of 2004, and formed the basis for the designation of Natura 2000 sites for birds in Cyprus (known as Special Protection Areas (SPAs)),and some of which are new...
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Update on the autumn anti-trapping monitoring survey

Autumn bird migration has been underway for more than a month now here in Cyprus, and sadly so has illegal bird trapping. BirdLife Cyprus’ anti-trapping monitoring programme started in early September and will be continuing until mid-October, during which we are surveying the main areas where bird trapping takes place...
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Raise your gaze to the sky, it’s autumn!

Remember when you were small, and you sat in the back garden with your head sadly cupped in your palms, thinking about the endless, wonderful summer full of light and long carefree days and laughter that just passed, and dreading the start of another school year? Remember how all that sadness melted away once you turned your depressed gaze to the sky and noticed a strange, dark flying V-shape, flapping its way closer to you?...
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Job Opening: Development Officer (Full-time 38 hrs/week)

BirdLife Cyprus is looking for a Development Officer (Full-time 38 hrs/week)...
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On 13 October we are cleaning Oroklini Lake together

As part of the LIFE project for the Restoration and management of Oroklini Lake, the Voroklini Community Council is organising a ‘Volunteer Clean-up Day’ at Oroklini Lake...
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Fun in the forest

On 9 August, BirdLife was delighted to escape the city and head to the mountains, where it met a lively group of Cypriot Girl Guides, their camp amid the tall pine trees of Troodos. On arrival we were welcomed not only by the girls, but also by chaffinches and jays that were feeding by the camp’s kitchen...
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Fourth partners' meeting for IPOT-Mediteraves in Cambridge, UK

On 19 August, BirdLife Cyprus participated in the fourth partners' meeting of the Mediteraves Project (International Project of Ornithological Tourism – IPOT) at the BirdLife International offices in Cambridge, UK...
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LIFE Oroklini project visits nature reserves in the UK

In order to see first-hand how wetland restoration and management works are done abroad, an officer working on the project and the project coordinator from BirdLife Cyprus visited seven nature reserves in the United Kingdom (UK)...
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The pride of Pitsilia – A pristine Important Bird Area (IBA)

One of the perhaps less known forests of Cyprus, hidden in the heart of Pitsilia, is the Adelphoi Forest, and the peaks of Madari and Papoutsa. This area spreading from Kannavia in the northwest to Agros and Zoopigi in the southwest, and from Agios Epiphanios in the northeast to Sykopetra in the southeast has been identified as an Important Bird Area...
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Join BirdLife Cyprus’ annual autumn raptor migration counts

Very soon large numbers of birds will be passing through and over Cyprus on their way from Europe and Asia to wintering areas throughout Africa. Many of these migrants are raptors, and every autumn BirdLife Cyprus undertakes raptor migration counts using volunteers at key migration sites...
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BirdLife Cyprus continues its campaigning and monitoring actions in the coming autumn

BirdLife Cyprus is continuing its fight against illegal bird trapping during the autumn season, both with campaigning actions and its surveillance programme. On the campaigning side, we are targeting the general public and we will be putting adverts in newspapers, dispelling the myths about illegal bird trapping and presenting the facts...
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The Demoiselle Crane, a Cyprus August “exclusive”

From a birding point-of-view, August in Cyprus is about the start of the autumn migration, the beginning of the annual flood of literally millions of birds moving to their southerly winter quarters from their Eurasian breeding grounds...
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BirdLife Cyprus will celebrate 10 years with a special event!

BirdLife Cyprus turned 10 years old this year, and we would like to celebrate this landmark with a special event!
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BirdLife Cyprus meets with Environment Department to discuss threats to “Larnaca Salt Lakes”

A BirdLife Cyprus delegation met with the Director of the Environment Department Mr. Costas Hajdipanayiotou, and the Nature Protection Unit of the Department on 26 July 2013. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss various issues concerning the effective protection of “Larnaca Salt Lakes” Important Bird Area (IBA) and Natura 2000 site...
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BirdLife staff gets trained on communication and campaigning strategies

On 18t of July, three staff members of BirdLife Cyprus visited the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) in order to participate in the workshop organised by the Centre, for capacity building on communication strategy, campaigning and advocacy...
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RSPB delegation visit focuses on Akrotiri and Cape Pyla

Though hardly providing a flattering view of Cyprus, quick-stop tours of the Akrotiri peninsula and Cape Pyla gave our recent visitors from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) a clear picture of the conservation challenges we face. On July 16 and 17 we had the pleasure of...
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New Spring Alive record: more than 270,000 birds’ observations in Europe

From February to June, participants of the eighth edition of Spring Alive, a long-term educational campaign of BirdLife International, observed and registered the arrivals of five migratory bird species in Europe. More than 270,000 observations of birds were recorded on the Spring Alive website, the highest number ever...
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Good news regarding biofuel policy, at last.

At last, some good news on the European policy for the use of biofuels in transport! The Environment Committee of the European Parliament voted in favour of the European Commission's proposal to limit the use of crop based (conventional) biofuels, and the inclusion of the indirect effects of biofuel production in the relevant European Directives...
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‘Oroklini Lake all through the year’ competition results

The photo competition ‘Oroklini Lake all through the year’, organised as part of the LIFE Oroklini project, ended on 31 May with around 200 entries from 42 photographers , and many different views of Oroklini Lake and the wildlife found there...
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Watch the vultures live

Another innovative action of the GYPAS project, for the reinforcement of the extremely reduced Cypriot population of Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) with individuals from Crete, has been completed and is available to the public...
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Bird trapping in Cyprus attracts the attention of international media

Illegal bird trapping in Cyprus got a lot of media attention during the last month or so, this time at the international level. Last month, a documentary about bird trapping in the Mediterranean titled “Emptying the Skies” premiered at the Sheffield Documentary Festival that took place between 12-16 June 2013 in Sheffield, England. The film is based on the article of best-selling novelist Jonathan...
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A good year for breeding…

This year has seen a number of interesting breeding records across the island. Amongst the usual breeding birds, keen-eyed birdwatchers have discovered the nests of Little Swift, Grey Wagtail and Little Egret.
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The truth about bird trapping

This article presents all the arguments against the illegal bird trapping of birds in Cyprus.
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An afternoon dedicated to sustainability and the environment

On 30 May, we were invited by Utopia’s wonderful group of people to participate in an Environmental Sustainability Day at the Garden, and so three of us representing BirdLife Cyprus drove down to Kaimakli, curious to see what the project was all about...
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BirdLife Cyprus at the meeting of the Birds and Habitats Directives Task Force

BirdLife Cyprus once again participated at the meeting of the Task Force on the Birds and Habitats Directives, organised by BirdLife Europe. This time, the group was hosted by Natagora, our partner in Wallonia (Belgium) between 11 and 13 June 2013, in Namur...
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BirdLife Cyprus talk at PROBUS

On 17 June, BirdLife Cyprus was kindly invited by PROBUS to give a talk titled ‘The birds of Cyprus – working for their protection’...
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Vultures…on air!

On the morning of June 18, Costantinos Charalambous, Communications Officer of BirdLife Cyprus, was hosted on the radio show ‘I Farma ton Zoon’ (‘Animal Farm’), to talk about the GYPAS Project, a project for the conservation of the Griffon Vulture in Cyprus, and in which BirdLife Cyprus participates...
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Birdwatching Tourism in Cyprus: Principles and Potential – the Mediteraves project

On Friday 28 June BirdLife Cyprus organised a workshop regarding ‘Birdwatching Tourism in Cyprus’ at the Thalassa Conference Centre at Governor’s Beach, Limassol. The workshop was organised as part of IPOT-Mediteraves: the International Project of Ornithological Tourism in protected areas in the Mediterranean Basin...
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'Agia Thekla – Liopetri' Natura 2000 site: A protected site in jeopardy

When the works carried out by the Sotira Municipality on the beach since early this spring came to BirdLife Cyprus’ attention, we were all deeply concerned. These works include the leveling of the beach using bulldozers and the construction of cafeterias and other establishments, stripping the beach from its natural habitat and causing disturbance...
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The truth about bird trapping - BirdLife Cyprus's campaign in newspapers

BirdLife Cyprus continues its effort to end illegal bird trapping, this time through a campaign in the media...
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BirdLife Cyprus completes its spring 2013 trapping report

BirdLife Cyprus has just completed its spring trapping report for 2013. This has been the 7th spring season covered by our surveillance programme, with overall 40 squares surveyed during April and May...
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BirdLife Cyprus attends second Bern Conference on illegal bird killing in Tunisia

BirdLife Cyprus participated in the second Bern Convention Conference regarding illegal bird killing, trapping and trade of wild birds, which took place in Tunis (Tunisia) on 29 – 30 May...
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The External Monitoring Team visits the LIFE Oroklini project for the second time

This year, the foreseen visit of the External Monitoring Team, on behalf of the European Commission, took place on 6 June. The aim of these visits is to assess the progress of the project, technically and financially, and also to provide support where needed...
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BirdLife Cyprus is honoured to receive award on behalf of the A.G. Leventis Foundation

BirdLife Cyprus Chairman, Mr Melis Charalambides, received the BirdLife International Conservation Award on behalf of Mr Tassos Leventis, President of the A.G. Leventis Foundation, on 22 June at the BirdLife World Conference in Canada...
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BirdLife Cyprus at the BirdLife International World Conference in Canada

BirdLife Cyprus participated at the BirdLife International World Conference which took place between 17 and 22 June in Ottawa, Canada. The Conference was the best attended to date, with a total of 600 people attending, 200 of which were from 100 external institutions, stakeholders and governments, and the rest from the BirdLife partnership...
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St Paul’s May Fayre 2013

On Saturday 18 May BirdLife Cyprus participated in the St. Paul’s Cathedral annual May Fayre, a charity event organised every year at the beautiful church grounds in Nicosia...
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BirdLife Cyprus makes a visit to UNFICYP headquarters

On 15 May BirdLife Cyprus visited the headquarters of the United Nations Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in Nicosia to give a presentation regarding illegal bird trapping. The talk was part of the induction training that is given to newly arrived officers who will be based in Cyprus for the next 6 months or so...
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Launch of 'The Studio'

Located in the Buffer Zone, the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) -with “We Get the Word Out” as their motto- is an organisation that works to empower other NGOs by providing them with tools to communicate their message to a wider audience. BirdLife Cyprus is currently in the process of becoming a member of the CCMC...
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2013 Audouin’s Gull count

For the 7th year in a row - and despite choppy seas - BirdLife Cyprus carried out a boat survey of the Audouin’s gull Larus audouinii breeding colony at the remote Kleides Islands, off the tip of the Karpas peninsula...
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Bird Race Update

As a follow up to the announcement of the teams’ efforts on 6 April 2013 I am pleased to inform you that Geoff Holroyd, from Edmonton Canada, won the Bloomsbury Publishing prize for the most money raised for his participation in our Bird Race...
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A Safe Haven for Wild Birds: Changing attitudes towards illegal killing

Τhe Hellenic Ornithological Society (BirdLife Greece) has just launched an ambitious crowdfunding campaign that aims to give a long awaited end to the destructive “tradition” of illegal spring killing of migratory birds in Greece..
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Spring Surveys

So far it’s been a busy spring with bird surveys taking place across the country. Our target for the new Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (CBMS) was to cover at least 70 sites during the season with each site requiring two visits – one during March/April and one in May/June...
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Griffon Vulture Census spring 2013

With hats, sunglasses, sunblock and lots of liquids, BirdLife Cyprus volunteers, as well as government agencies (Game and Fauna Service, Department of Forests) and the SBAs Environment Department, spent the whole day, on 26 April, monitoring key sites for the wild Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) population in Cyprus...
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Reserves ecologist from the RSPB visits Oroklini Lake for a second time

To determine the details of the water management works to be carried out as part of the LIFE Oroklini project, a reserves ecologist visited Oroklini Lake from RSPB (BirdLife UK) this May. This was the second visit of the expert at Oroklini Lake since July 2012...
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The use of biofuels in transport- a social and environmental disaster

The problem with the widespread use of biofuels is that they have environmental and social impacts, as biofuel production is directly and indirectly linked with the destruction of ancient forests to create cultivating land, and with food shortages due to rising prices of food worldwide, as energy crops for the production of biofuels compete with food crop...
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Shocking response from the governing party on ‘ambelopoulia’ protest in Paralimni

The lack of political will was once again at the forefront of our fight against bird trapping, despite the fact that this activity has been illegal on the island since 1974. The incidents that took place in Paralimni on 27 April 2013 only highlight the lawless situation that exists in the trapping hotspot areas...
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World Migratory Bird Day 2013 highlights importance of site networks for migratory birds

The annual migration of an estimated 50 billion birds— comprising around 19 per cent of the world’s 10,000 bird species—is one of the world’s great natural wonders, yet the critical staging areas migratory birds need to complete these journeys are being degraded or are disappearing completely...
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BirdLife Cyprus and Friends of the Earth Cyprus call for the adoption of ‘zero tolerance’ towards illegal bird trapping

BirdLife Cyprus and Friends of the Earth Cyprus express their concern and disappointment regarding the state response to the incidents that took place in Paralimni last Saturday...
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Call for bird photos for “Birdwatching in Important Bird Areas in Cyprus” book

Following the revision of the Important Bird Area (IBAs) Inventory for Cyprus, BirdLife Cyprus is now working on a “Birdwatching in Important Bird Areas in Cyprus” book. In this book the reader will find information about all the sites in Cyprus which are designated as Important Bird Areas according to internationally recognized BirdLife International criteria...
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Earth Week talk at American International School

Each year Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, and is aimed at raising the awareness of people around the world about the environment and the problems it faces. At the American International School in Nicosia pupils celebrate the whole week, giving them a chance to learn more about humans’ impact on the environment, and find out about local environmental issues and ways they can get involved and make a difference...
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BirdLife Cyprus meets with new Environment Commissioner

On April 22, BirdLife Cyprus had a first meeting with the new Environment Commissioner, Ioanna Panayiotou. Mrs Panayiotou explained her vision for what she would aim to achieve as Environment Commissioner, bringing plenty of new ideas to the table...
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LIFE Oroklini project travels to Crete

LIFE Oroklini project coordinator from BirdLife Cyprus, Melpo Apostolidou, travelled to Crete to present at a workshop the project for the protection of Oroklini Lake as a good example of restoration and management of a natural wetland...
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Dublin CAP meetings: the final push for “greening”

With the EU Presidency moving from Cyprus to Ireland, so the focus of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the many associated meetings, governmental and not, shifts to Dublin. In early April, the BirdLife Europe agriculture task force held a meeting in Dublin, followed by a seminar on the CAP reform organised by the European Environment Bureau (EEB)...
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BirdLife Cyprus organises a workshop for the development of a Strategic Action Plan on illegal bird trapping

BirdLife Cyprus, with financial support from the MAVA Foundation, organised a workshop on 24 and 25 April titled ‘Development of a Strategic Action Plan (StAP) for tackling illegal bird trapping in Cyprus’ and ‘Presentation of the methodology of the surveillance programme’, at the Journalists’ House in Nicosia...
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Annual expenditure on biofuels is equal to the bailout of Cyprus

Another recent study demonstrates the huge economic and environmental costs of the European policy on biofuels. 10 billion euro is spent each year to maintain the biofuels policy, an amount equivalent to the bailout of the Cyprus economy...
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Karpasia: extremely important area for wildlife in Cyprus faces grave threat

Sadly during the past couple of months, the potential threat of development has become a reality, with the widening of the road between the village of Rizokarpaso and the south coast of the peninsula being the first of potentially a series of lurking aggressive development projects. In addition, a Festival by the name “Silk Route” is being advertised to take place in September on one of the southern beaches of Karpasia claiming that it will attract 80,000 people...
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Last chance to submit your photographs!

This is the last chance for all nature photographers, amateurs or professionals, to submit their photos of Oroklini Lake. The deadline for the LIFE Oroklini photo competition is 31 May. A prize of 1,000 euros will be awarded to the best photo, while later in 2013, the Voroklini Community Council will organise a photo exhibition, and produce an album with selected photos from the competition...
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Bird Race 2013 - a surprise win and special species!

On Saturday 6 April 24 people took part in this, the fourth, annual Bird Race in the Republic of Cyprus. This year, as well as the previous ‘all day’ 24 hour event, there were 2 new categories for participants. The first was for them to cover a 15 km radius from a team member’s home for as long as the team wished and the second was a time-limited event - a 5 hour race...
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The Sielmann Stiftung Foundation and NABU support BirdLife Cyprus’s anti-trapping campaign

During the past year, BirdLife Cyprus succeeded in securing further funding for its anti-trapping campaign from the Sielmann Stiftung Foundation and NABU, the partner of BirdLife International in Germany...
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BirdLife Cyprus AGM 2013

The Annual General Meeting of BirdLife Cyprus took place on Sunday, 10 March 2013 at the Thalassa Conference Centre, Governor’s Beach, Limassol...
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BirdLife Cyprus hosted on CyBC1

This month, the radio show “I kardia ton neon xtipa edo” (a show for young people) with Vicky Nioulikou interviewed three BirdLife Cyprus’ staff members about how young people are involved in nature conservation in Cyprus..
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Third Partners’ meeting for the IPOT/Mediteraves project

The partners of the Mediteraves Project (or the International Project of Ornithological Tourism - IPOT) met from 18 to 19 March in Lisbon, Portugal. During this third meeting for the project, participants from the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA/BirdLife in Portugal), SEO/BirdLife Spain and BirdLife Cyprus discussed the progress of the project...
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“Campaigning for Nature” Workshop

BirdLife Cyprus attended a workshop titled “Campaigning for Nature”, organised by BirdLife Europe and held in Brussels from 25-27 February 2013. During the workshop the participants gained a greater understanding of what constitutes a good campaign and how such a campaign can be planned...
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Workshops for Survey Volunteers

This year sees the volunteer based Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (CBMS) expanded in Cyprus. The scheme is being organised by BirdLife Cyprus and aims to keep track of breeding bird populations throughout the country...
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Planning Cyprus’s contribution to the second European Breeding Birds Atlas (EBBA2)

As part of BirdLife Cyprus’s plans for an atlas of the breeding birds of Cyprus, staff members Andy Simpkin and Alan Tye attended the meeting on EBBA2 in Barcelona, 20-22 March. This meeting was designed to bring together representatives from European countries that are beginning their atlas work and had not participated in the first European atlas...
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International Conference for the Protection of the Griffon Vulture in Cyprus

BirdLife Cyprus organized an International Conference for the Protection of the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) in Cyprus, which was held between 6 – 8 March in Limassol, as part of the project ‘GYPAS’ (www.gypas.org) for the protection and reinforcement of the threatened population of Griffon vultures in Cyprus...
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Leaflet and sticker for LIFE Oroklini project now ready

In order to highlight the importance of Oroklini Lake and the LIFE project implemented to protect this unique wetland, titled “Restoration and Management of Oroklini Lake”, the Environment Department has prepared a leaflet and a sticker. This information material produced as part of the LIFE project is a useful tool for raising public awareness for Oroklini wetland...
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CAP greening faces the ‘chop’

EU ministers and the European Parliament (EP) have dealt serious blows to efforts to ‘green’ the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period 2014-2020, threatening the environmental credentials and legitimacy of a policy instrument that shapes our countryside and absorbs almost 40% of the EU budget...
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The birds we meet in our gardens in spring

As if to remind us that life persists even where hope seems lost, spring has truly arrived on the island. It is betrayed by the warmer weather, the blossoming trees and flowers, and the sight of swooping swallows and darting swifts on the Cypriot skies...
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E-action: Please support a Green CAP Reform!

This is a unique opportunity to influence the future of the CAP – please add your voice to those urging MAPs to vote for a green CAP, reversing the recent, disastrous, decision of the EP’s Agriculture committee (Comagri) to abolish most green provisions...
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More volunteers still needed for BirdLife Cyprus bird monitoring projects

We have a small but dedicated core of volunteers who already contribute to this work. If you would like to join them, we’d be delighted to hear from you...
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TRIM Workshop

On 5 February, BirdLife Cyprus hosted a workshop on the software package TRIM (TRends and Indices for Monitoring data). This software is used to determine population trends for species using data from common bird surveys...
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Learning to love our wetlands

This has been a busy month for those of us here at BirdLife Cyprus responsible for responding to calls from schools about talks and site visits. We were particularly flooded with requests to accompany classes or groups of students to Oroklini Lake, which is becoming an increasingly popular destination for schools who wish to raise environmental awareness among their pupils...
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Celebrating World Wetlands Day at Oroklini Lake

What better place for BirdLife Cyprus to celebrate World Wetlands Day than Oroklini Lake? The lake is a fantastic site for birds and wildlife in general, and is also ‘home’ to a groundbreaking LIFE project for the protection of the wetland, which is being implemented with BirdLife Cyprus’ participation...
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Bird Race 2013 Reminder

As we announced in the previous issue of our e-newsletter, the BirdLife Cyprus Bird Race this year will be taking place on April 6 in memory of Bob Johnston, a well-loved and supportive member of BirdLife Cyprus, and we invite anyone with a love for birdlife and an interest in supporting BirdLife Cyprus to take part!
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New BirdLife Cyprus Project Scientific Officer

BirdLife Cyprus has a new staff member – Andy Simpkin is our new Project Scientific Officer. Andy will be busy doing a variety of bird surveys and more importantly encouraging volunteers to assist in survey schemes for BirdLife Cyprus...
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White-throated Kingfisher sightings in Cyprus

This species, also called White-breasted or Smyrna Kingfisher, is an irregular visitor to Cyprus, mostly in spring time but has occurred in other seasons. Known to wander in winter this species may travel to Cyprus from eastern Mediterranean countries, especially the south coast of Turkey as well as from the Middle East...
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Positive decrease in winter trapping but overall levels still high

Last January, BirdLife Cyprus completed the monitoring survey for winter trapping and we now have an overall picture of the trapping situation for the year 2012...
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Presidential candidates’ positions on environment

The three largest environmental organisations in Cyprus took the initiative to contact the three major presidential candidates of the Republic on 17 January (mssrs Anastasiades, Lillikas and Malas) in order to get their positions on the major environmental issues that will face the next President...
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EU budget deal destroys green hopes

BirdLife Cyprus joins its voice with BirdLife Europe and charges EU leaders – with Germany, France and Britain to the fore - with abandoning all support for sustainability and selling out to vested interests...
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Spring comes alive with migrating birds

The eighth edition of Spring Alive, a BirdLife International run educational campaign that focuses on the observation and tracking of migratory birds, was launched on 12 February and continues until 21 June. Like every year, BirdLife Cyprus, who coordinates the campaign in Cyprus for the seventh year in a row, is inviting all the citizens to embrace the Spring Alive campaign...
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Watch the Starling spectacle in Nicosia!

These past few months you might have noticed some small blackish birds flying fast in small or largish flocks as you drive along in Nicosia, or across the island. They are most likely Starlings...
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Interview with Trees Robijns, EU Agriculture and Bioenergy Policy Officer of BirdLife Europe

n the winter issue of our quarterly magazine, ‘Cyprus Wheatear’, which is coming out next month, we host an interview of Trees Robijns, EU Agriculture and Bioenergy Policy Officer of BirdLife Europe...
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BirdLife Cyprus AGM 2013

The Annual General Meeting of BirdLife Cyprus will take place on Sunday, 10 March 2013, from 09:30 am at the Thalassa Conference Centre, Governor’s Beach, Limassol...
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New BirdLife Cyprus project: Review of bird strike studies at the Akrotiri antennae

BirdLife Cyprus has just won a tender from the SBA Department of Environment to carry out a review of 17 previous studies relevant to the bird strike hazard posed by the antennae at Akrotiri...
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BirdLife Cyprus Memorial Bird Race 2013

This year’s bird race will be in memory of Bob Johnston, a well-loved and supportive member of BirdLife Cyprus...
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BirdLife Cyprus 'on air'

This past month BirdLife Cyprus has been busy spreading the conservation message via radio...
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Positive progress on restaurant raids, but more are needed

The recent autumn trapping report by BirdLife Cyprus has shown that this illegal activity has hit record levels since the start of the surveillance programme in 2002. The restaurants that serve the trapped birds are the main driver of this illegal and large-scale business and enforcement action against them is a key element of the implementation of a ‘zero tolerance’ approach...
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New report presents alternatives to harmful biofuels

Europe can effectively replace oil with renewable energy in transport without resorting to harmful biofuels, according to a new report by Dutch research institute CE Delft...
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The importance of a rare for Cyprus grazed matorral landscape is acknowledged in the Revised IBA Inventory

A scenic place, deemed important enough for its bird life to be designated as a Special Protection Area in 2008 by the Game and Fauna Service, is now being acknowledged as an Important Bird Area (IBA) in the new 2012 Revised IBA Inventory prepared by BirdLife Cyprus...
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Photo competition “Oroklini Lake all through the year” now open

From 1 February until 31 May all nature photographers, amateurs or professionals, are invited to submit their photos of Oroklini Lake. If you haven’t taken any photographs yet, there is still time to do so...
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More volunteers still needed for BirdLife Cyprus bird monitoring projects

BirdLife Cyprus runs a number of long-term monitoring programmes aimed at detecting trends in Cyprus birds and identifying threats that need to be addressed. We have a small but dedicated core of volunteers who contribute to this work by monitoring sites at intervals. If you would like to join in any of these programmes, we’d be delighted to hear from you....
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BirdLife Cyprus supports renewable energy

The BirdLife Cyprus Council, taking into account the real and increasing threat by climate change to both biodiversity and human wellbeing, recently decided to support a new European initiative working on a standard for renewable electricity in Europe, called RES-E...
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Discouraging results of the Cyprus Presidency for the environment

With the financial crisis monopolizing the discussions and negotiations for reforming the European policies (e.g. the Common Agricultural Policy) and the EU budget, Member States are trying to weaken the proposals of the European Commission, aiming to achieve the fewest commitments and conditions possible for the European funds that they will receive...
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Spectacular numbers of flamingos in Cyprus, during the 2013 International Waterfowl Census

This year, the flamingo counts at Larnaka and Akrotiri salt lakes were unusually high, with at least 18,000 total between the two sites: the highest since 1990 (22,000)...
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

BirdLife Cyprus would like to wish all its members, supporters and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your support!
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Volunteers needed for the annual International Waterfowl Census, January 2013

Each year Wetlands International organises the International Waterfowl Census (IWC), in which Cyprus has participated for many years. The census takes place on the middle weekend of January, which will be the 12-13th this time...
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Last BirdLife Cyprus talk of the year!

On 20 December BirdLife Cyprus was invited to give a talk to the Friends of Animals Society of the Pancyprian Gymnasium about the Birds of Cyprus...
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Steps towards the Management of two Important Natura 2000 sites

These past few months, BirdLife Cyprus participated in activities which involved the management of two very important sites, the Akrotiri Peninsula and Paphos Forest...
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BirdLife Cyprus’s Xmas event crowned with success!

BirdLife Cyprus organised an alternative Christmas party called ‘A Jingle-Tweet Session’ at Oktana / Uqbar in old Nicosia on 23 December, as part of its anti-trapping campaign...
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Protected areas and ecotourism at risk in North Aegean islands

A wind farm project soon to be approved by authorities in the North Aegean islands of Lesvos, Limnos and Chios in Greece is being questioned and can only be described as ‘self-destructive’...
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BirdLife Cyprus attends first Raptor MoU Meeting in Abu Dhabi

BirdLife Cyprus attended the 1st Meeting of parties that have signed the Raptor Conservation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)...
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Cyprus concludes its work on CAP by digging a grave for greening

In the progress report for the revision of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) submitted by the outgoing Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU, the news is not promising...
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Informing farmers and politicians about sustainable farming

BirdLife Cyprus participated in a Forum for the Future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the EU, organised by IMH at the Hilton Park hotel on 13 December, as part of the Cyprus EU Presidency...
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Bulldozers have erased the damage caused at Oroklini Lake

Τhe restoration works to remove the material left behind by the flea market operating in Oroklini Lake since 2007, one of the most important restoration works foreseen by the LIFE Oroklini project, started early this month and have now been completed...
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BirdLife Cyprus finalises its autumn trapping report

BirdLife has just finalised its autumn 2012 trapping report, revealing a picture of an ecological disaster. This autumn’s trapping levels have hit a new 11-year high since the start of our field surveillance programme in 2002, exceeding even the record levels of 2010...
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Five more vultures from Crete will reinforce the vulture population in Cyprus

Five more vultures arrived from Crete to Cyprus on 7 December in order to reinforce the population of Cyprus’s largest bird, which is in danger of extinction...
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Griffon Vulture census, December 2012

On Tuesday 4 December, despite an unpromising weather forecast, nine volunteers together with staff of BirdLife Cyprus, the Game & Fauna Service, the Department of Forests and the SBA Environment Department, managed to mount an all-day watch at 12 observation points throughout southwest Cyprus...
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Make a gift to nature, say No to ambelopoulia

Our anti-trapping campaign hit the road and the radio waves with a strong message this December, before the end of the year and before the end of the Cyprus Presidency, asking the general public to ‘Make a gift to nature, say No to ambelopoulia’...
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BirdLife Cyprus Celebrates Xmas!

Christmas is coming and BirdLife Cyprus would like to invite you to ‘A Jingle-Tweet Session’, an Xmas celebration inspired by birdlife at Oktana & Uqbar in old Nicosia...
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BirdLife Christmas anti-trapping campaign hits the roads and radio waves

BirdLife Cyprus is continuing its awareness-raising campaign against illegal bird trapping during December, in a move to put out a strong message before the end of the year and before the end of the Cyprus Presidency. The filed survey data for this autumn just past have shown that illegal trapping is at record levels for this year as well, maintaining the dramatically increased levels of the last few years.
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Eleonora’s Falcons surveyed for 2012

On 24 and 25 September, a joint survey team comprised of staff of BirdLife Cyprus (Alan Tye and Christian Christodoulou), the Sovereign Base Areas Environment Department (Thomas Hadjikyriacou and Samantha Wylie), the Game and Fauna Service (Nikos Kassinis) and the University of Cyprus (Christina Kassara) counted the Eleonora’s Falcons along the cliffs between Cape Aspro and Cape Gata...
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Autumn count of migrating birds of prey, completed for 2012

Birds of prey migrating through Cyprus have been counted systematically since 2003, and this year the count focused on one of the best-known bottleneck sites in Cyprus, the Akrotiri peninsula. Observers counted for at least part of the day on 55 days between 28 August and 9 November...
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Support BirdLife Cyprus this Christmas!

This Christmas, buy gifts for your friends and family from BirdLife Cyprus, and support our work! You can choose among pins, singing fluffy toys, caps, T-shirts and books from BirdLife Cyprus's collection. 100% of the profit goes towards funding our conservation work...
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Reminder for renewals for 2013

Please remember to renew your membership subscription for 2013! Your membership adds power to our voice and enhances our influence at both local and state level. Your funding helps support a range of conservation activities across Cyprus...
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BirdLife Cyprus has a new website!

The BirdLife Cyprus website has been revamped and is now online in its new design and format. Please log on to www.birdlifecyprus.org and explore the new website and its content.
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Damage restoration at Oroklini Lake

The damage caused by the illegal flea-market at Oroklini Lake is finally being restored, thanks to the EU LIFE project for the conservation of the lake. The Game and Fauna Service, which is the lead beneficiary of the LIFE project, has just started the restoration works at the area where the flea-market was operating since 2007...
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BirdLife Cyprus meets with the Public Works Department

A BirdLife Cyprus delegation met with the acting Director of the Public Works Department, on Wednesday 14 November. BirdLife Cyprus raised issues concerning the protection of Natura 2000 sites in relation to projects led by the Department of Public Works...
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Flamingos and Aircrafts can share a common airspace

A BirdLife Cyprus delegation met with the Senior Officer of Hermes Airports’ Health, Safety and Environment Department in Larnaca, on Wednesday 31 October. The main issue discussed was the Department’s practice for the prevention of bird strikes (collisions between birds and aircrafts) at Larnaca Airport...
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BirdLife Cyprus meets with Cyprus Police to discuss illegal bird trapping

irdLife reported that the role of the Police Antipoaching unit, as discussed with the Justice Minister in a previous meeting, is to focus on cracking down the ‘big’ trappers and the restaurants serving ambelopoulia...
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Acacias are being removed from Oroklini Lake

This month, the Department of Forests started removing acacia bushes from Oroklini Lake, as foreseen by the LIFE project ‘Restoration and management of Oroklini Lake’. Acacias are confined to the south east corner of the lake and the plan is to remove all acacia bushes from the site by the end of 2013...
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Flamingo nesting attempt at Akrotiri Salt Lake

This photo from Akrotiri Salt Lake was taken last month and shows Flamingo ‘pseudo-nests’, i.e. conical nests without eggs. Mostly immature birds attempt to make such nesting mounds without laying any eggs; the mounds are finally deserted...
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Rare osprey shot dead by Akhna dam poachers

The illegal shooting of a rare, beautiful and strictly protected Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) this autumn highlighted the plight of Akhna dam, an important wetland that is currently plagued by poachers and illegal bird trappers using shot-guns, mist nets and limesticks...
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Εxamining the impacts of social and biological factors on the biodiversity of the Paphos Forest

In a recent study, which examined the effects of social and ecological factors on the presence of 248 species of birds in 38 Natura 2000 sites in Cyprus, it was found that the number and extent of habitats, and the size of the protected sites, had positive effects on the species richness of birds, while the density of the road network had significant negative effects...
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EIA Directive to be improved

The European Commission published on 26 October 2012 a proposal to amend the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive. The EIA Directive is, in theory, an extremely important legislative tool that aims to ensure that no potentially damaging project gets the go ahead without undergoing a thorough evaluation of its potential effects on the environment, and undertaking the mitigation of those...
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Illegal bird trapping activity maintained at record levels during the Cyprus Presidency

This autumn has been the 11th season that BirdLife Cyprus undertakes its monitoring programme on illegal bird trapping, carrying out a survey during September and October with the help of volunteers in the areas with most trapping activity. The analysis of the survey data shows that trapping remained at record levels for a 3rd year in a row, dramatically higher than 2009 levels and prior...
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European-wide campaign for a fair allocation of the EU budget

As consultations to determine the EU budget for the next programming period (Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020) are coming to an end, it becomes increasingly clear that the objectives for sustainable development and environmental protection are watered down, posing a serious threat for the environmental and economic recovery in Europe....
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Ringed and finally back to the wild!

On Friday 26 October, BirdLife Cyprus attended the Game and Fauna Service Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, to ring 44 rehabilitated wild birds that were due to be released to the wild after having undergone rehabilitation at the Centre...
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European-wide campaign for a fair allocation of the EU budget

BirdLife Cyprus, Terra Cypria and Friends of the Earth (Cyprus) invite the public to actively participate in a pan-European online campaign aimed at turning the EU budget towards environment and sustainability. Today, 40% of the EU budget is given to agriculture through the CAP without any substantial environmental conditions...
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Reminder: Annual Dinner Dance - Saturday 24th November

Please remember to reserve a place for the BirdLife Cyprus Annual Dinner Dance which is taking place on Saturday 24th November at the Aquamare Beach Hotel in Paphos, at 8:00pm...
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Second partners meeting for the IPOT/Mediteraves project

Under their new project name - Mediteraves - the partners of the International Project of Ornithological Tourism (IPOT) met from 16 to 18 July in Lake Kerkini in northern Greece. Participants from SPEA (BirdLife in Portugal), SEO/BirdLife Spain, the Hellenic Ornithological Society and BirdLife Cyprus spent time discussing the development of the project in their countries, exchanging information and planning the setting up of pilot groups, as well as discussing the administration requirements....
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Visit by RSPB expert for the water management of Oroklini Lake

The right water management of Oroklini Lake is one of the concrete conservation actions of the LIFE Oroklini project as it is very important for the lake’s two target species, the Spur-winged Lapwing and the Black-winged Stilt. This action will aim to ensure adequate water supply for these two key species so as to achieve Favourable Conservation Status for the lake...
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Informal Environment Council in Cyprus

The first Informal Environment Council under the Cyprus Presidency of the EU took place in Cyprus on 7 and 8 July. The Environment Ministers arrived in Cyprus on 6 July, when the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Mr Sofoklis Aletraris, President of the Council, organised an informal meeting with NGOs, to which BirdLife Cyprus was invited...
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Cyprus’ summer migrants

Anyone wanting to see some interesting summer migrants at this time of the year will find the Troodos Mountains a good place to visit. The endemic Cyprus Wheatear is a migrant breeder that is very common there, and other visitors such as Spotted Flycatcher, Masked Shrike, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Turtle Dove and Hoopoe breed in the area. In amongst the Common Swifts flying in the area you should be able to find Pallid Swifts and large post-breeding flocks...
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BirdLife International celebrates 90 years

Ideas move the world but only if people act upon them. And that’s exactly what happened at midday on June 20 1922, when a remarkable group of people from different countries met in London at the private home of the UK Minister of Finance. United by their passion for birds, they concluded that the only effective answer to the growing trade of wild bird feathers or the threats to migratory birds across the continents had to be through co-ordinated international...
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First EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the Cyprus Presidency

The 3182nd meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the EU, the first under the Cyprus Presidency, was held on 16 July in Brussels, under the chairmanship of the Cyprus Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment, Mr Sophocles Aletraris. This Council deals with EU matters of Agriculture and Fisheries and has special importance as, together with the European Commission...
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Parliament discusses law proposal to change the hunting legislation

The Cyprus law (152(I)/2003) on the protection and management of wild birds and game sets out strict penalties for specific law violations (e.g. poaching, bird trapping, use of bird calling devices) and court penalties can reach up to 17,000 euros and/or 3 years of imprisonment. Late last year a proposal to amend the hunting law was put together by the Game and Fauna Service, and was discussed...
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A workshop on Favourable Reference Values

BirdLife Cyprus organised a 2-day workshop on the methodology for the calculation of Favourable Reference Values (FRVs) for key bird species of Oroklini Lake. The aim of the workshop was to work out a methodology that will contribute to setting a clear target framework in the form of Favourable Reference Values (FRVs) for achieving Favourable Conservation Status (FCS) for Oroklini Lake. The workshop was organised as part of the LIFE+ project...
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Ferruginous Duck breeds at Athalassa Dam for first time

The handsome Ferruginous duck, Aythya nyroca – a species of global conservation concern – was recorded breeding at Athalassa dam, on the outskirts of Nicosia, this spring – the first known record of breeding from this site. An adult duck with three ducklings (too young to fly) were spotted in an out-of-the-way, reed-fringed part of the dam on June 29th 2012, during a regular BirdLife Cyprus monthly wetland...
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Environmental priorities for the Cyprus EU Presidency

Τhe Cyprus Presidency of the EU Council begins on 1 July, and for the next 6 months our country will chair the various European meetings and will determine the agenda of the negotiations. The Republic of Cyprus takes over the EU Presidency during a very crucial period for the shaping of the overall European strategy, especially on environmental issues, as in the second half of 2012 the various EU...
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The first Griffon Vultures are here!

The first Vultures that will reinforce the extremely reduced and threatened Cypriot population of the species arrived in Cyprus from Heraklion in Crete on a Cyprus airways flight on 25 June, under the ‘GYPAS’ Project. The first six Vultures that arrived on our island were welcomed by the Minister of Interior Mrs Eleni Mavrou and representatives of the GYPAS project partners, in a brief reception event at the old Larnaca International Airport...
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Spring 2012 Trapping Report

BirdLife Cyprus’ Spring 2012 trapping report, presenting and analyzing the latest findings from our ongoing, systematic field monitoring of this persistent ecological problem is now available...
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BirdLife Cyprus Strategic Planning Workshop 2013-2020

BirdLife Cyprus organised a Strategic Planning Workshop on 30 May and 1 June. The purpose of the workshop was to develop the new Strategy for the period 2013-2020 for BirdLife Cyprus. The workshop was very competently facilitated by RSPB’s (BirdLife in the UK) Jose Tavares, and the results will be presented to the BirdLife Cyprus Council on 2 July...
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BC at the meeting of the Birds and Habitats Directives Task Force

BirdLife Cyprus participated once again at the meeting of the Task Force on the Birds and Habitats Directives, organized by BirdLife Europe. This time the group was hosted by our partner in Romania, SOR (Romanian Ornithological Society), in the Danube Delta between 4 and 7 June 2012...
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