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BHDTF meeting and Brussels workshop/talk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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