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In France, the Ortolan Bunting may soon be off the menu
Ten years of keeping track of our birds
Things may be looking up for Griffon Vultures

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02 October 2017
The French Minister of Ecology, Nicolas Hulot has committed to ending the large-scale trapping of Ortolan Bunting, which takes place to meet demand for a cruel dish where the songbird is blinded, plumpened and drowned in brandy. It's a practice that has driven population declines of up to 84% in Europe since 1980.
01 August 2017
Did you know that BirdLife Cyprus has been monitoring the common breeding birds of Cyprus for more than a decade? Birds are sentinels for change in the environment, like the canary in the coal mine, so keeping track of how they are doing is the foundation for monitoring the health of our countryside and for conserving our nature. None of this would have been possible without our team of committed citizen scientists.
30 May 2017
On Friday 12 May 2017, BirdLife Cyprus volunteers and staff, together with the Game and Fauna Service, carried out the annual spring census of the Griffon Vulture. The team of 20 observers covered eight look-out points spread across the vulture feeding range and known breeding and roosting cliffs, while the Game and Fauna Service set up cameras at the vulture feeding stations.
02 May 2017
Birds, as other wildlife, depend upon the delicate balance of ecosystems for their survival. Restoring, protecting and properly managing habitats is key to the preservation of biodiversity. Akrotiri Marsh, a unique wetland within the Cyprus SBAs, is home to many bird and plant species, and has benefited from targeted conservation actions for the last 2 years thanks to a project funded by the Darwin Initiative.
 
27 April 2017
At the end of 2016, the second and final volume of the landmark Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World by the Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW) and BirdLife International was published. This ground-breaking new checklist presents for the first time independent taxonomic revisions for all the bird species of the world, incorporating the most up-to-date information and an exhaustive methodology in an entirely systematic and consistent way. The new taxonomy has been full adopted by BirdLife Cyprus, replacing the now outdated classification system we had been using until recently.
12 April 2017
Undercover footage of birds being caught in mist nets and killed by trappers in Larnaka district during autumn 2016, recently released by the RSPB Investigations team. Be warned this includes some grisly scenes.
11 April 2017
​A hard-hitting short film has just been released today with title ‘Cyprus: Massacre on Migration’.
31 March 2017
Spring is arguably the most beautiful time of year in Cyprus. The landscape is green and lush, the wildflowers are blooming and birdsong floods the countryside. From end of March to early June it is the busiest time of year for our Monitoring and Research Coordinator and all our bird monitoring volunteers.
06 March 2017
Every picture tells a story. This one is about the sad story of a Crimson-winged Finch, a rare visitor that was found trapped on a limestick a few days ago. But not all stories end in tragedy.
31 January 2017
The European Roller is an iconic species of European farmland. This summer visitor suffered large declines in the past in its breeding grounds in southern and eastern Europe and has already gone extinct in several central European countries. The main causes of decline are habitat degradation, due to intensification of agriculture and abandonment of traditional agricultural practices, loss of nest sites and high levels of persecution during migration.

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