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31 March 2016
One of the decisions of the Ministerial Council on the Akamas issue was the creation of a National Forest Park in the area, which will include the current national forest and all the appropriate public land of the Akamas Natura 2000 site. Four ENGOs, including BirdLife Cyprus, met with the Director of the Department of Forests, Mr Takis Tsintides on16 March 2016 to discuss this issue. During the meeting ENGOS presented their views on the initial boundaries of the Akamas National Forest Park as well as our request for the inclusion of all the public land of Akamas into the National Forest Park, and not just the ‘appropriate public land’. Furthermore, we had a general discussion on the management of Natura 2000 sites. Following the meeting, BirdLife Cyprus also sent a detailed letter with our position.
31 March 2016
BirdLife Cyprus volunteers are out and about with their binoculars and clip-boards, recording birds across the island as our breeding season programmes of systematic monitoring get into full swing. In all, some 30 volunteer bird recorders – including some office staff and Shannon O’Grady, a full-time survey volunteer over from the UK - are undertaking surveys for common breeding birds, nocturnal birds and wetland birds. As the season progresses, Roller surveys, Atlas surveys, Calandra Lark and Audouin’s Gull surveys will be added to the effort.
31 March 2016
The erection of fence and sheds that was planned to take place at Akrotiri Marsh as part of the Darwin project during March will be taking place during April and early May due to some unforeseen delays in preparatory procedures.
29 February 2016
Grazing is one of the most important management tools for the conservation of Akrotiri Marsh. To enhance grazing and improve grazing opportunities, the Darwin project “Akrotiri Marsh Restoration: a flagship wetland in the Cyprus SBAs” will install a fence and build cattle sheds on site during March 2016.
29 February 2016
The terrible news of six Griffon Vultures Gyps fulvus being found dead over the last few weeks, in the Paramali area of Limassol, dealt a serious blow to efforts to save our most threatened breeding bird of prey. BirdLife Cyprus recently also learnt of a November 2015 vulture death in the same area, bringing the death count to seven in under four months.
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
It was with great pleasure that we were informed of the official designation of five Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) by the Administration of the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus. The official designation was announced in the SBA gazette on 30 December 2015. The announcement was preceded by a public consultation on the proposals which ended in July 2015. BirdLife Cyprus sent its comments on the draft proposals in June 2015.
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.
29 January 2016
Some 20 recorders covered 36 wetlands (and two coastal sites) across the island as BirdLife Cyprus took part in the 50th International Waterbirds Census (IWC) mid-winter count, which has been organised by Wetlands International since 1967. Some 25,453 birds, of 56 different species were recorded over the weekend of 16-17 January 2016.
29 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. According to the most recent bird count, 12,500 Flamingos have settled at Larnaka Salt Lake and 2,500 more at Akrotiri Salt Lake.

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