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Interactive educational workshop for children with Marina Katsari

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BirdLife Cyprus was informed through the press that the Ministerial Committee on the Akamas issue was going to put its proposals forward to a meeting of them Ministerial Council in order to reach a final decision on the Akamas issue in December. BirdLife Cyprus, was very alarmed by what leaked as...
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Our continuous conservation efforts would not have been possible without the support of our members. Membership not only provides an invaluable part of our funding but it also enhances our influence and makes our voice heard at local, national and international level...
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Meeting of the ad hoc committee for LifeForBirds project

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

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

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

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

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

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