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New publication: European birds of conservation concern
A pioneering conservation project in the British Bases is completed
Akrotiri Marsh gets its breathing space back and ready to welcome visitors

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24 May 2017
BirdLife International has just released the publication European birds of conservation concern: populations, trends and national responsibilities. This publication – launched on 20 May  – summarises the conservation status of 541 wild bird species in 50 European countries and territories (based on the 2016 IUCN Global Red List and taxonomic update), and aims to help national governments to easily identify the species that are in urgent need of attention and protection. For Cyprus, the new report shows that 40% of our breeding species have an unfavourable conservation status.
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.
09 May 2017
Migratory birds travel epic distances every year crossing many borders and connecting countries, cultures, and continents over their thousands-of-kilometres-long flyways. This astonishing feat is celebrated every year on 10 May by thousands of people across the globe. With over 230 migratory species passing through Cyprus every spring and autumn there’s no better place to learn more about and enjoy migratory birds. To celebrate World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) BirdLife Cyprus is organising two birdwatching outings for families, one at Athalassa Park and one at Oroklini Lake to introduce young and old to the wondrous world of migratory birds and birdwatching. 
03 May 2017
Today a clear and strong message reached the European Commission: the EU’s agricultural policy needs to be radically changed. This is what 258,708 citizens and 600 civil society organisations and businesses have told the Commission in the largest EU public consultation on agricultural policy, which closed yesterday (2 May).
03 May 2017
On 27 April the European Commission published its “Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy” – a roadmap for the Birds and Habitats Directives – the EU’s flagship nature laws that represent the cornerstone of EU-wide efforts to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity. 
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.
27 April 2017
On a beautiful spring evening we gathered at the premises of the unique Aigaia School of Art and Design in Nicosia for the first screening of our new documentary ‘Wings on the Wind’. It was finally time for our film to “leave the nest”.  At the event young and old had many questions answered through the documentary and the discussion that followed: Why do birds matter? How did we learn about the wonder of bird migration? How long does it take?  What difficulties do birds face on this journey?
24 April 2017
BirdLife Cyprus’ innovative adoption scheme offers people the chance to symbolically adopt a bird and make a real contribution to the conservation of priority species and their habitats in Cyprus. This is a new part of the organisation's effort to raise awareness about the birds of Cyprus and fund its critical conservation work.

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