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29 January 2016
Slowly but surely days are becoming longer – an undeniable sign that Spring Alive is just round the corner and soon we will be observing the silhouettes of the first migrants in the sky over Europe.
29 January 2016
New bird species are rarely discovered nowadays. Since 2000, five new species are discovered every year on average, most of which in South America.
29 January 2016
The EU Commission has given its final and categorical opinion regarding the proposed derogation for the selective hunting of ambelopoulia, the so called ‘alternative plan’, which the Cyprus Government included unilaterally in the Strategic Plan against illegal bird trapping which was approved last May 2015. According to a newspaper article (2 January 2016), Mr Enrico Brivio, a press officer of the Commission, highlighted that ‘...the Commission is concerned about the inclusion of this ‘alternative plan’, which creates the possibility for granting derogations for bird trapping.This is a measure that cannot be accepted according to the EU legislation...’.
29 January 2016
In late February, BirdLife Cyprus will be arranging workshops for its volunteers participating in systematic bird recording schemes such as the monthly waterbird counts, Atlas of breeding birds counts, common breeding bird counts, nocturnal counts, Roller counts etc.
29 January 2016
BirdLife Cyprus will be undertaking over the following month a winter anti-trapping survey with the help of volunteers, checking various locations for trapping activity. Ιt is still early to have an overall picture of illegal bird trapping for this winter, however last winter 2014-15 we detected a large number of mist nets in situ, 48 mist nets in total after checking 90 locations. You may read the BirdLife Cyprus trapping reports here.
21 January 2016
The European Court of Justice has condemned Bulgaria on 14th January 2016 for failing to protect nature and putting threatened species at risk.
18 January 2016
Hundreds of Cypriot citizens and tourists have been flocking to Larnaka Salt Lake the past few weeks to admire the amazing Flamingos that have arrived in Cyprus in their thousands in search of food and shelter. 
13 January 2016
BirdLife Cyprus condemns the decision taken by the Ministerial Council on 11th January 2016, on the Akamas issue, which according to press reports includes: 
30 September 2015
​BirdLife International published last month a scientific review on illegal bird killing across the Mediterranean region, the first ever comprehensive scientific study to quantify the scale and scope of illegal killing across this region. The results of this study are gruesome and despite the legal protection that is in place in the various countries, an estimated 25 million birds are killed illegally every year.
03 November 2014
Illegal killing of migratory birds is a widespread problem across the Mediterranean. Various illegal methods of killing and trapping are sadly used in countries found on the bird migration routes, including France, Italy, Spain, Malta and Cyprus. Such methods include limesticks, mist nets, stone traps, wire traps etc., making the journey of birds even more challenging. 

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