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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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