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Second screening of BirdLife Cyprus documentary ‘Wings on the Wind’
€21.586 fine for poaching and illegal bird trapping case
Birds on the move

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15 September 2017
Why do birds matter? What is their role in the ecosystem? Why is Cyprus important for them? The new BirdLife Cyprus documentary answers these and more questions…
31 August 2017
In mid-August, a man from the Larnaca district was fined €21.586 for poaching and illegal bird trapping, following the controversial recent law amendment. When the competent authorities searched the 67 year old’s house after catching him red-handed on the 9th of August, they found and confiscated 2 freshly killed hares, 5 young Chukar partridges, 24 Song thrushes and 4 mist nets. 
31 August 2017
Migration, the en masse movement of animals from one part of the world to another and back again, is one of the wonders of the natural world. Birds do it, but so do butterflies, fish and mammals. Birds, however, are the masters of long-distance migration and about one quarter of all bird species are migratory.
31 August 2017
Vultures are magnificent creatures but too often misunderstood. Their carrion diet is most likely the culprit. Interestingly, their diet is also what makes them an integral part of ecosystems. How? By keeping the system disease-free. 
01 August 2017
Vultures are important. By being nature’s clean-up crew they are an integral part of nature. Thanks to their carrion diet, they prevent the spread of diseases produced by decaying carcasses. Vultures also help cattle ranchers, not only because they clean up the fields, but also because they eliminate the need for the treatment and incineration of thousands of tons of animal remains every year.
01 August 2017
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to fly like a bird or if you would survive the migration journey of birds? What do you think would help you and what do you think would be a threat or an obstacle on this journey? Now, with the new and free mobile application (app) by BirdLife Cyprus ‘Feathered Journeys’ you can try your luck as a migratory bird and see whether you will manage to survive and complete this difficult journey.
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.
23 July 2017
When we talk about birdsong, we cannot simply refer to a single "voice". It is a great chorus of complex sounds, it is a real language in itself. The dry "teak" of a sparrow, the plaintive "gheck gheck gheck" of a woodpecker, the shrill "chirrip" of a lark – each sound has its own purpose and is used in very specific circumstances. For birdwatchers, learning how to ‘decode’ the secret language of birds is a great way to identify different species and to better understand their behaviour.
06 July 2017
Cyprus, as a migration corridor for hundreds of thousands of birds of over 200 different species, but also as part of the European and international community, has the obligation to protect wild birds. The new reality, following the approval of specific provisions of the controversial law amendment, unfortunately seems to be moving things in the opposite direction. Birds are a common good to which we all have a right. And with this right, we all share the responsibility for their protection. People depend on healthy ecosystems and birds constitute an integral part of these systems.
03 July 2017
After repeated postponements, the highly controversial law amendment ‘The Protection and Management of Wild Birds and Game Species (Amendment) Law of 2016' has unfortunately been voted through. This amendment proposal introduces a series of relaxations and loopholes relating to hunting but also illegal bird trapping, a serious and persistent problem in Cyprus. 

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