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Cyprus joins in EuroBirdwatch 2015 next month

BirdLife Cyprus on Tuesday announced the launch in Cyprus of  EuroBirdwatch 2015, an annual even to raise awareness of migration by helping count birds.

EuroBirdwatch comprises hundreds of nationally organised activities.

Last year, 40 countries in Europe and Central Asia took part in organising 1,184 events, with more than 33,000 people turning out to watch and help count the birds.

Almost 7.5 million birds were counted last year, the highest in the history of the event.

In Cyprus, four events were organised last year and the most numerous species observed in Cyprus were the Spanish Sparrow, the Barn Swallow and the European Bee-eater.

This year, on Sunday October 4, birdwatchers can view the migration from different sites giving them a unique opportunity to see raptors, soaring birds, cranes, bee-eaters and other species as they travel over Cyprus during migration, BirdLife said.

People can choose one of the following meeting points:

Athalassa Park, Nicosia. 09:30 – 12:00, Leader: Martin Hellicar, Mobile: 99907893. Meet at the south parking lot (coming from General Hospital’s roundabout towards Yeri, to the left).

Akrotiri Peninsula, Limassol. 09:00 – 12:00, Leader: Stavros Christodoulides, Mobile: 99425050. Meet at Phassouri Reed-beds.

Paphos Plain, Paphos. 09:00 – 12:00, Leader: June Neal. Home Tel: 25932008, Mobile: 99918665. Meet at Larks’ Corner Mandria by taking the road from the village to the beach. Drive east along the coast track past the picnic area and toilets. As you turn the bend heading back inland, towards the poly tunnel greenhouses, take the right-hand track and park near the big bushes on the coast.

For more information BirdLife Tel: 22455072 or

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