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2012: July August November December

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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