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How dangerous power lines can be made safer for birds

Overhead power lines can often have negative impacts for wildlife – especially birds. Collisions with these structures are responsible for the death of millions of birds throughout the world, especially raptors and other large birds, and have the potential to negatively affect their populations. With a continuously expanding power line network, it is becoming increasingly […]

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Cyprus welcomes 15 Griffon Vultures from Spain

The first 15 Griffon Vultures to support the extremely threatened population of the species on the island arrived in Cyprus in mid-November 2021. This restocking action took place as part of the “LIFE with Vultures” project, which aims to prevent the extinction the Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus from the island and at the same time strengthen its population and preserve it for the long-term.

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Καταφθάνουν οι πρώτοι γύπες από την Ισπανία

Τις ερχόμενες μέρες καταφθάνουν αεροπορικώς, από την Ισπανία, οι πρώτοι Γύπες που θα ενισχύσουν τον εξαιρετικά μειωμένο πληθυσμό του είδους στην Κύπρο. Η εισαγωγή Γυπών γίνεται στο πλαίσιο του προγράμματος «Ζωή με τους Γύπες» που έχει στόχο να αποτρέψει την εξαφάνιση του Πυρόχρου Γύπα Gyps fulvus από το νησί και παράλληλα να ενισχύσει τον πληθυσμό του και να τον διατηρήσει μακροχρόνια.

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Can time in nature really improve our mental health? The science says yes

We all know that spending time in nature is enjoyable, but there’s increasing evidence that watching wildlife – and birds in particular – has a profound positive impact on our mental wellbeing. Here we delve into the latest discoveries from the fields of biology, economics and psychology.

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Open letter to the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Environment

In September, more than 1100 citizens have emailed the letter below to the Ministers of the Interior and Environment, expressing their concerns about the future of Akamas and demanding answers to specific questions. This e-mail action was coordinated by BirdLife Cyprus, who are publishing this open letter, asking from the Ministers to be accountable and to tell us how they will ensure the protection and management of the entire Akamas Peninsula.

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A month of volunteering for BirdLife Cyprus

At BirdLife Cyprus, we are very selective when it comes to offering volunteer opportunities, as we always want to ensure it works (and ‘gives’) both ways. Artemis, a 16-year-old student who spent a month volunteering with us this summer, shares her experiences and what she learnt along the way. Thank you, Artemis, for your interest and your passion and for all the valuable help!

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Wildlife Crime Academy – bringing the knowledge home

Over recent decades, around 40-50 Griffon Vultures have died of poisoning, leaving Cyprus with an extremely low population of just 20 birds. These are losses that could have been avoided or at least, if even one of the perpetrators had been brought to justice, could have contributed in preventing further wildlife poisoning. Poisoning, poaching, trapping,

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Μας ταΐζουν κουτόχορτο με τους όρους περιβαλλοντικών αξιολογήσεων

Πρόσφατες περιπτώσεις παράτυπων και προβληματικών διαδικασιών για την περιβαλλοντική αξιολόγηση έργων κοντά σε προστατευόμενες περιοχές υποσκάπτουν την πρόοδο που έχει γίνει τα τελευταία χρόνια.

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Lake Soros, at Larnaka Salt Lake, is full of lead shot, new study shows

The south-western part of Larnaka Salt Lake in Meneou (locally known as Lake Soros) is one of the few wetlands in Cyprus that hunting is permitted next to. Since the majority of hunting ammunition available in Cyprus contains lead pellets, the risk of the lake being polluted with lead was always there. For this reason,

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Illegal shooting of protected species a new challenge lies ahead

In March, BirdLife Cyprus published its Autumn 2020 anti-trapping monitoring report, marking significant progress in relation to illegal bird trapping. A notable 94% decrease was observed with regards to trapping with mist nets last autumn compared to 2002, the lowest trapping levels recorded since the start of our field monitoring. This is remarkable progress and

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