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A pioneering conservation project in the British Bases is completed
Akrotiri Marsh gets its breathing space back and ready to welcome visitors
Join us to celebrate the completion of Akrotiri Marsh restoration project

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19 May 2017
The completion of a two-year project to restore Akrotiri Marsh was marked by a celebratory inauguration event at the Akrotiri Marsh hide. The event took place with great success yesterday (18 May), highlighting the project’s achievements. Locals from Akrotiri Community, birdwatchers, photographers and nature lovers celebrated together the completion of the pioneering project.
12 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 British Sovereign Base Areas, is home to many bird and plant species.
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.
 
08 December 2016
The Darwin project for the restoration of Akrotiri Marsh has managed to break the wall of reeds at Akrotiri Marsh to create suitable habitat for wildlife. The on site management works for the creation of suitable habitat for target bird species has been perhaps one of the most important activities of the project and these have been successfully completed in early November. The works included ditch dredging, installation of water control structures and creation of open water areas. Seven pools have been created, mainly to attract breeding Ferruginous ducks, as Akrotiri Marsh is one of the few breeding sites for this important species in Cyprus. One scrape has also been created to attract mainly breeding Black-winged Stilts and Spur-winged Lapwings, both Annex I species. The habitat creation is also expected to benefit the nesting of Little Bittern, also an Annex I species and an occasional breeder to Cyprus while Akrotiri Marsh is one of the few recorded breeding sites for this heron species.
06 December 2016
To enhance grazing for conservation purposes at Akrotiri Marsh, the Darwin project has erected an electric fence at the site. The electric fence brings us one step closer to having untethered grazing at Akrotiri Marsh. This change in grazing method will help graziers to manage their cattle and will make their life much easier as they will not have to carry water to tethered animals. It will also help keep the herds of different graziers from mixing and at the same time untethered grazing animals will be doing a much better job at controlling the reed expansion and pushing the reeds further back and therefore creating suitable habitat for wildlife.
31 October 2016
The landscaping and water management works that started on 10 October 2016 at Akrotiri Marsh are still in progress. These works include ditch dredging, scrape and pool creation, some reed clearing as well as the creation of footpaths which will channel visitors to the birdwatching hides. These works are expected to finish in mid-November while the works for the construction of the birdwatching facilities will be starting soon.
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.
31 May 2016
Following last month’s update, the works for the erection of fence and cattle sheds at Akrotiri Marsh started in early May. So far, contractors have been preparing the ground, drilling holes and installing the metal pipes for the fence. It is expected that the works will finish around end of June.
31 May 2016
Our team of skilled local volunteer recorders is once again forming the backbone of our bird monitoring effort for 2016. Added to this on-island team, visiting full-time volunteers are once again making an invaluable input to our 2016 programmes for common breeding birds, nocturnal species, Rollers and forest birds. These dedicated and capable visitors – four in total for various stints this spring and summer – are also putting in the hours keeping tabs on key species at the Akrotiri (Phassouri) Marsh. This provides vital data for the ongoing Darwin funded project giving some much needed attention to this precious wetland (visit the project website for more details and updates).
29 April 2016
Project partners of the Darwin project ‘Akrotiri Marsh Restoration: a flagship wetland in the Cyprus SBAs’, are organising an open discussion on the latest developments at Akrotiri Marsh. The discussion is mainly addressed to birdwatchers and wildlife photographers and will focus on birdwatching / nature watching infrastructure and access within the site. The aim of this open discussion is the dissemination of information on the facilities planned to be erected at Akrotiri Marsh as part of the Darwin project and also the exchange of ideas and suggestions on how to enhance visitors’ experience on site while meeting the project’s conservation objectives.

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