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Cyprus - the BirdLife Cyprus web site has the latest
on the conservation of the birds of Cyprus, plus details on what has been
seen, what can be seen, where to see them, BirdLife Cyprus contacts
and which other web sites will assist you on your visit to Cyprus.
Sites in North Cyprus - Most visiting birders are based
at or near Bogaz or Girne (Kyrenia) and sites are described under those
Trails of the Akamas Peninsula - at the northwest corner of
Cyprus, the olive groves
near the Baths of Aphrodite on the Akamas Peninsula are a significant migrant
trap. See also, Akamas,
the Cypriot Eden.
of Cyprus - provides information on general birdlife as well as
a link to information on
the last colony of European Audouin seagulls which nest on the small Klidhes
isles at the tip of the Karpas Peninsula in North Cyprus.
and Fauna of Cyprus - some interesting information on the
Cyprus with Ornitholidays - although this commercial tour
date has expired, the detailed
itinerary provides information on where to go birding and what you will
see in Cyprus.
Extravaganza in Cyprus - this commercial tour itinerary provides
details of birding locations
and likely birds to be found at them in Cyprus.
News from Abroad - this commercial site provides up-dated
details about birdwatching
sites abroad. All of these sites are described fully, with detailed maps,
in a series of books entitled `Finding Birds in...' (sometimes referred
to as Gostours guides). These notes are intended to supplement the books
to provide the most complete and up-to-date service possible. Notes are
available on Cyprus.
Report: Cyprus, April 12-26, 1995, by Mark and Sandra Dennis
at self catering apartments at Kato Paphos (east side) we had a very productive
two weeks birding. We spent a lot of time in the south west corner of the
island with occasional trips to the north west coast or towards Limassol.
Without doubt Paphos is the place to be and early mornings on the headland
produced new birds most days.
Trip Report: April 5th-12th 1995 - by James Packer. We
in a small, but perfectly acceptable self-catering apartment in Kato Paphos.
We hired a four-wheel drive vehicle for the whole time. A hire car is essential,
and a 4x4 is advisable, particularly for the more adventurous birders.
Trip Report - late May/early June 1996 - by Colin Davies
I have received requests
by e-mail, asking me for details of my visit to Cyprus in 1996, particularly
regarding sites for Cretzchmars Bunting.
Trip Report - 26th March to 9th April 1997 by Alastair Rae
and Ann Feltham. Cyprus
(or at least the Greek part of it) is a largely hilly land of mimosa and
carob trees, scattered ruins of various civilisations, huge British military
bases where the Red Arrows practise, deserted Turkish villages, and Keo.
The latter company supplies everything liquid - beer, mineral water, sherry
Trip Report - by David Collinge - 21st to 28th April 1997.
We stayed at Sunwing Resort,
on the western outskirts of the popular holiday resort, Ayia Napa. This
provided an excellent base for a birding holiday, though this area is not
optimal for touring the island since it is stuck at the east end of the
republic. It is 90 minutes drive from the Akrotiri area or the eastern
end of the Troodos (Karpedes) and is at least 2 hours from the more frequented
sites in the Troodos and Paphos. See also the sketch map
of the birding sites that David visited.
Report: Northern Cyprus, October 28 - November 1, 1998, by
Tavares. My first, brief visit to North Cyprus. Didn't do much birdwatching,
since I was visiting the island with non-birding friends. We were based
west of Girne (between Ye_iltepe and Alsancak), and spent most of the time
along the north coast and in the northern slopes of the Be_parmak mountains.
On the 30 October went to the easternmost end of the island (Karpaz peninsula/Zafer
burnu), where I saw many migrants (pipits, wheatears, thrushes, etc).
Trip Report - by Dave Riley - January, 2000
Trip Report - March 22 - 29, 2000 - from the Cheltenham Bird
- What a good week – excellent birds, wonderful flowers, a wide and splendid
variety of scenery and habitat, friendlylocals, plenty of good food and
drink, and all so well organised. The group as a whole had about 118 species,
and Steve Palmer added 45 lifers to his personal list! All-in-all, a place
to be highly recommended, and a birding holiday with so many good memories.
Report: Cyprus - British Natural History Museum Tour.
Tim Parmenter .The Natural History Museum led an Adult Education Field
study tour to Northern Cyprus from 10th – 22nd April 2000. The theme
was ‘Birds and Flowers of Northern Cyprus’.
Report: Cyprus - 23rd - 30th April 2000, by Steve Bird. Another
Report: Cyprus - December 21-27, 2000 - by Ken Tucker
weather was generally warm and sunny with one cold, overcast, windy day
and two rather hot days. There were a couple of light showers on one day
and thunder storms on one night. This holiday was booked as a last minute
deal from Gatwick and was not solely a birding holiday although a good
deal of birding was done.
Report: Cyprus - April 11 - 25, 2002. By Dr. Michael Riffel. My
non-birding wife and my
not yet birding son Tom (20 months) wanted a family holiday in Cyprus.
Never having visited Cyprus before we selected the Elia Latchi Hotel village
in Latchi to be our base for 14 days. We have chosen this resort on the
basis of its location in a small village close to the birding hot spots
of Evretou dam, Bath of Aphrodite, Neo Chorio and Polis reeds which all
were within 15 min drive by car from the hotel. In all we saw 90 species
of birds. Birding more intensively would probably have resulted in quite
a number of additional species.
Report: Cyprus - by Guido Band. This site is a photo report
the nature encountered during a trip to Cyprus from April 19 - May 3 2002.
On this site you will find lots of bird pictures and information about
birds on Cyprus, and additional pictures of the scenery, animals, and flowers.
The locations covered were centered around Polis, Akamas and Troodos Mountains,
with additional tours to the Limassol and Paphos areas. Cyprus is an excellent
birding spot. The high quality of birding on Cyprus stems from its geographical
position (close to a major migration route), the climate (warm but not
too dry), the availability of water and shelter, and the fact that bird
watching has not been spoilt (at least not excessively) by game and exploitation
of the land