June 2016

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 However, since basketry products have been replaced by other contemporary items in

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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 (Shannon O’Grady, Anders Gray, Nathan Wilkie and Ellie Ellwood) – have undertaken surveys for

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Burnt forests and natural habitats must be allowed to reforest naturally

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 species affected, including Bonelli’s Eagle, the only Eagle

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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 Cyprus Parliament on 29 June 2016. The proposals of the Game

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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. The Commission’s decision to begin the infringement

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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 covering Larnaca – Famagusta and Ayios

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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 in local coffee shops, community and visitor centres from Sotira in the East to Neo

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Forests and natural habitats must be protected from urban sprawl

In light of the tragic fire events that broke out over the last days BirdLife Cyprus highlights the imperative need for forests and natural habitats to be protected from urban sprawl and states the following: The significant damage caused by the recent fires is undoubtedly one of the largest in recent decades and constitutes serious

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Dutch Presidency cancels high profile nature conference

The European Commission was supposed to present the results of its “fitness check” of the Birds and Habitats Directives (Nature Directives) at a Dutch Presidency conference “Future-proof Nature Policy” on 28-30 June 2016. The document was supposed to serve as a basis for discussions, about the implementation of the Nature Directives in the Member States,

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Do you enjoy creating art? Discover the world of birds through drawing

Watercolours, pens or coloured pencils? Let your imagination run wild, take part in BirdLife Cyprus’ drawing competition ‘153 birds’ and discover the magical world of birds while helping raise awareness about birds.  Birds can be found in all corners of the globe, enriching our lives with sounds and colours. Cyprus hosts many different bird species,

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