History

BirdLife Cyprus was founded in 2003 through the merger of the Cyprus Ornithological Society (1957) and the Cyprus Ornithological Society (1970), and today is one of the leading nature protection organizations in Cyprus with around 10 staff and more than 500 members.

The most important milestones and events leading to the founding of BirdLife Cyprus and thereafter are below:

1957
Cyprus Ornithological Society (Κυπριακός Ορνιθολογικός Σύνδεσμος) is founded and registered as a Society, attracting mainly English bird lovers and birdwatchers living in Cyprus
 
1970
Cyprus Ornithological Society (Πτηνολογικός Σύνδεσμος Κύπρου) is founded and registered as a Society, mainly attracting Cypriots
 
1970
Launch of the Cyprus Bird Ringing Scheme using bird rings with Cyprus Orn Soc as return address
 
1988
Cyprus ratifies Bern Convention for the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats
 
2002
Illegal Bird Trapping Monitoring programme starts with support from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK)
 
Spring 2002
1st bilateral meeting of COS (1970) and COS (1957) in Platres to discuss merger, represented by Melis Charalambides and Jeff Gordon respectively and refereed by Michael Gore. The whole process was strongly supported by Mr Tassos Leventis also.
  
February 2003
1st AGM of newly formed BirdLife Cyprus and publication of first BirdLife Cyprus monthly newsletter. BirdLife Cyprus keeps Greek name of COS (1970).
 
March 2003
Inaugural meeting of BirdLife Cyprus. Melis Charalambides appointed Chairman. Mr Tassos Leventis appointed President.
 
2003
BirdLife Cyprus gets first staff member 
 
2004
Cyprus accedes to the EU and Birds Directive comes in force and BirdLife Cyprus publishes 2004 IBA Inventory

2007
Inauguration of new offices of BirdLife Cyprus at Strakka (50th anniversary COS (1957) celebrations)

2011
BirdLife Cyprus awarded BirdLife International full Partner status

2012 
BirdLife Cyprus’ membership reaches 500

2013
Birds ringed by BirdLife Cyprus ringing scheme surpass 73,000; database managed by Alan Crabtree

2013
BirdLife Cyprus organizes 300th field meeting for members and friends

2013
BirdLife Cyprus celebrates 10th Anniversary
 
 

2014
New IBA inventory published; Cyprus now has 34 IBAs

2014
LIFE Oroklini Project successfuly completed
 

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