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Illegal trappers in action caught on film
Cyprus: Massacre on Migration
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12 April 2017
Undercover footage of birds being caught in mist nets and killed by trappers in the Larnaca area during autumn 2016, recently released by the RSPB Investigations team. Be warned this includes some grisly scenes.
11 April 2017
​A hard-hitting short film has just been released today with title ‘Cyprus: Massacre on Migration’.
31 March 2017
Spring is arguably the most beautiful time of year in Cyprus. The landscape is green and lush, the wildflowers are blooming and birdsong floods the countryside. From end of March to early June it is the busiest time of year for our Monitoring and Research Coordinator and all our bird monitoring volunteers.
06 March 2017
Every picture tells a story. This one is about the sad story of a Crimson-winged Finch, a rare visitor that was found trapped on a limestick a few days ago. But not all stories end in tragedy.
31 January 2017
The European Roller is an iconic species of European farmland. This summer visitor suffered large declines in the past in its breeding grounds in southern and eastern Europe and has already gone extinct in several central European countries. The main causes of decline are habitat degradation, due to intensification of agriculture and abandonment of traditional agricultural practices, loss of nest sites and high levels of persecution during migration.
31 January 2017
The first days of 2017 saw two more positive opinions given for projects that are planned to materialize inside or near the SPA (Special Protection Area) and SCI (Site of Community Interest) of Akamas peninsula by the Department of Environment.
31 December 2016
A one year experimental study examining emotions and environmental action has successfully been completed by the Nestor Research Group of the University of Cyprus. This study was undertaken on behalf of Birdlife Cyprus, which funded this work through a grant from the A.G. Leventis Foundation. The main objective of this study was to examine the effect of reasoned argumentation and emotional appeals on the knowledge, attitudes and behavior related to illegal bird trapping. 
31 December 2016
On Friday 9 December 2016, BirdLife Cyprus volunteers and staff, together with the Game and Fauna Service and the SBA Environmental Department, carried out the annual winter census of the Griffon Vulture for 2016/17. The team of observers covered seven look-out points spread across the vulture feeding range and known breeding and roosting cliffs, while the Game and Fauna Service set up cameras at the vulture feeding stations.
08 December 2016
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 project and these have been successfully completed in early November. The works included ditch dredging, installation of water control structures and creation of open water areas. Seven pools have been created, mainly to attract breeding Ferruginous ducks, as Akrotiri Marsh is one of the few breeding sites for this important species in Cyprus. One scrape has also been created to attract mainly breeding Black-winged Stilts and Spur-winged Lapwings, both Annex I species. The habitat creation is also expected to benefit the nesting of Little Bittern, also an Annex I species and an occasional breeder to Cyprus while Akrotiri Marsh is one of the few recorded breeding sites for this heron species.
06 December 2016
To enhance grazing for conservation purposes at Akrotiri Marsh, the Darwin project has erected an 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 their life much easier as they will not have to carry water to tethered animals. It will also help keep the herds of different graziers from mixing and at the same time untethered grazing animals will be doing a much better job at controlling the reed expansion and pushing the reeds further back and therefore creating suitable habitat for wildlife.

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