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Paphos State Forest
Paphos State Forest
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Akrotiri salt-lake including Bishop's Pool

Akrotiri salt-lake including Bishop's Pool

A site of major importance as a staging area during spring and autumn passage. It is also important for wintering Greater Flamingo.The IBA (important bird area) includes Akrotiri salt-lake, reedbeds and gravel pits, Bishop's Pool, Zakaki pools, and Ladie's Mile beach. The salt-lake dries out in summer, and is surrounded by reedbeds and saltmarsh. There are vineyards and orange groves in the vicinity of Bishop's Pool, which is a man-made reservoir taking surplus treated effluent from the Akrotiri sewage-treatment works.
The area formerly held breeding Dead Sea Sparrow but this colony has sadly dissapeared.
Wintering Greater Flamingo,White-headed Duck, passage Demoiselle Crane (Aug-Sept) Common Crane (Oct-Nov),
Spring;-Black Francolin,Kentish Plover, Ruff,Greenshank,Wood Sandpiper, Slender-billed Gull, Little Gull, serin, golden oriole, breeding endemics Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax) and Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca).

We strongly recommend A Birdwatching guide to Cyprus by Arthur Stagg & Graham Hearl below.

See also - BirdLife Cyprus
Cyprus has a bird list of 373 species. This includes two endemic species, the Cyprus Pied Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca and the Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax. In addition there are four endemic subspecies: - Cyprus Scops Owl Otus scops cyprius, Coal Tit Parus ater cypriotes, Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla dorotheae and Jay Garrulus glandarius glaszneri.
BirdLife Cyprus was formed in 2003 through the amalgamation of the two Cyprus Ornithological Societies. The main aims of BirdLife Cyprus are the protection and study of the birds of Cyprus.
Key Activities
Campaigns on illegal bird trapping (including a monitoring project), agriculture and Natura 2000, all carried out with the help of the RSPB
Establishment of national bird census and IBA caretaker schemes
A new IBA inventory, containing 20 sites, is almost complete
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See also - BirdLife Cyprus

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