BirdLife Cyprus is looking for highly competent, experienced and hard-working fieldworkers to visit the island as full-time volunteer bird surveyors, to help with the monitoring of breeding bird species and Atlas survey work. Only one or two volunteers will be accepted for 2017, so early application is advised.
The first days of 2017 saw two more positive opinions given for projects that are planned to materialize inside or near the SPA (Special Protection Area) and SCI (Site of Community Interest) of Akamas peninsula by the Department of Environment.
BirdLife Cyprus members are vital to the work that we do. Our continuous conservation efforts would not have been possible without the support of our members. Membership not only provides an invaluable part of our funding but it also enhances our influence and makes our voice heard at local, national and international level.
On Friday 9 December 2016, BirdLife Cyprus volunteers and staff, together with the Game and Fauna Service and the SBA Environmental Department, carried out the annual winter census of the Griffon Vulture for 2016/17. The team of observers covered seven 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.
A one year experimental study examining emotions and environmental action has successfully been completed by the Nestor Research Group of the University of Cyprus. This study was undertaken on behalf of Birdlife Cyprus, which funded this work through a grant from the A.G. Leventis Foundation. The main objective of this study was to examine the effect of reasoned argumentation and emotional appeals on the knowledge, attitudes and behavior related to illegal bird trapping.
In a great victory for nature, the European Commission officially confirmed on 7 December 2016 that the EU nature laws – the Birds and Habitats Directives – will be saved and not rewritten and weakened. This announcement ends two years of uncertainty over the future of the Directives. The Commission has also called for a plan to better implement and enforce these laws.
BirdLife Cyprus participated in a four-day workshop that took place in Zagreb (Croatia) from 28 November to 1 December 2016 as part of the project ‘Capacity Building for Flyway Conservation in the Mediterranean’ funded by the MAVA Foundation. BirdLife Cyprus has actively been involved in this project for the last 4 years. This was the final workshop where a review of the project implementation was discussed as well as planning ahead for future work.
BirdLife Cyprus is organizing an interactive educational workshop for children ages 5-12, as part of its ‘153 birds’ campaign. The workshop will take place on Saturday, 17 December 2016, 10:00 – 11:30, at Myloi Cultural Centre in Kaimakli, Nicosia.
European Commission confirms EU nature protection laws will be saved after record-breaking campaign – now is the time for better implementation, say NGOs.
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