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2012: January February March May July August September October November December

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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