My name is Claire Thompson, and I believe that the main cause of many of the environmental, political and social issues we face on the planet today lies in this simple disconnect: we've forgotten that we are integrally part of nature. We've forgotten that we are nature and we need to open back up to directly 'feeling' our innate belonging there.
At a time when nature is facing an unprecedented crisis, states now more than ever have an obligation to protect their Natura 2000 sites. In the case of Cyprus, however, the state is not only failing to protect these precious sites, it is destroying them by its own hand, turning a blind eye to the biodiversity crisis and even its own laws. Below are three current ‘cases of shame’ when it comes to the protection of the Natura 2000 network in Cyprus. BirdLife Cyprus urges the authorities of the Republic -but also of the British Bases- to change course before it is too late.
Swimming, sunbathing, watersports, you name it. Lady’s Mile is by far the most popular beach in Limassol. And why not? With its warm, shallow and clear waters and its sandy beach, it is the perfect place for a family to spend its summer weekends.
It is always rewarding to see the smile on a farmer’s face when they hear that a Barn Owl has occupied “their” nest box. Since 2015, we’ve been installing Barn Owl boxes in collaboration with farmers and farming communities with funding from the Tasso Leventis Conservation Foundation. The aim is to turn to a wildlife-friendly method when it comes to controlling rodent populations.
BirdLife Cyprus expresses deep concerns about a concert scheduled to take place without any environmental permit on 23 June at Lady's Mile and which will have impact on vulnerable bird species for which the area is protected.
Although endemic, Cyprus Wheatears are migratory and every autumn they travel to countries like Ethiopia, Sudan and Eritrea to spend the winter, before returning to us in spring again to breed. Robert Patchett, a PhD student at the University of St. Andrews, is studying the migratory patterns of the species and tells us where Blue-blue-blue-metal, one of the birds he ringed and retrieved, has been.
A new report released by BirdLife Europe & Central Asia confirms that the EU will fail to hit its own deadline to reverse the decline of biodiversity, as outlined in its ‘EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020’.
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