Management works to be implemented at Akrotiri Marsh as part of the Darwin project

30 September 2016

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.

These works are expected to enhance the site’s biodiversity as they aim at creating suitable habitat for birds and improving conditions for important plants. At the same time, these works will contribute to the site’s water level management. This habitat improvement in combination with the creation of visitor facilities which is planned before the end of 2016 provides opportunities for visitors to enjoy Akrotiri Marsh and its wildlife.

The estimated duration of the works is around six weeks and the works require heavy machinery on site. RSPB with many years of experience on wetland management will be closely supervising the works in collaboration with BirdLife Cyprus and the SBA Environment Department.

Please note that during works, visitors will be able to visit the site although they will need to be cautious due to the presence of machinery and workers.

In case of further information please contact the Project Coordinator on melpo.apostolidou@birdlifecyprus.org.cy

To find out more about the project and its progress, please visit the project website www.akrotirimarsh.org

The Darwin project “Akrotiri Marsh Restoration: a flagship wetland in the Cyprus SBAs” is funded by the Darwin Initiative through UK Government funding to restore Akrotiri Marsh and its biodiversity. BirdLife Cyprus is the lead partner in collaboration with two more partners, the Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre and RSPB (BirdLife in the UK). This ecosystem-based conservation project has a duration of 2 years, between April 2015 and March 2017.

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