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Highest number yet take part in annual Cyprus birdwatch

Nearly 100 people in Cyprus took part on the weekend in the annual EuroBirdwatch event, BirdLife Cyprus said on Tuesday.

BirdLife Cyprus organised three events on Sunday October 4 attended by 93 participants in total, the highest number of EuroBirdwatch participants in Cyprus so far, the organisation said, including  60 people  at Athalassa Park in Nicosia, 17 at the Akrotiri Peninsula, Limassol and 16 at Paphos Plain, Paphos.

The total number of birds observed in Cyprus during the day was 3,666 with the most numerous species observed being the Barn Swallow (over 2000 individuals, mainly at Akrotiri Peninsula) followed by the Bee-eater and the Red-rumped swallow, BirdLife said.

It said the most exciting observations of the weekend were a White wagtail observed at Paphos Plain, a Leucistic Barn Swallow observed at Akrotiri Peninsula, in Limassol and a Squacco Heron in Athalassa Park, in Nicosia.

In total, 72 species were observed in Cyprus during that day. “The sheer numbers of birds recorded during this EuroBirdwatch clearly show that bird migration is an awesome phenomenon and drives home the point that birds and their migratory routes and stopover sites need to be protected,” it organisation added.

More than 24,000 people took part in more than 1,000 events in 41 countries in Europe and Central Asia on Sunday.

“All of these people (both adults and children) enjoyed watching the fascinating migration of 4.3 million birds heading to their wintering grounds in the South,” said BirdLife.

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