Terra Cypria – the Cyprus Conservation Foundation and Birdlife Cyprus kindly invite you to their event that will be held at the Bird Observatory at Lake Makria (Zakaki – ​​Lady’s Mile area) on Saturday, February 5th, 2022, from 11:00 to 14:00, on the occasion of “World Wetlands Day” which is celebrated internationally. At the event, people of all ages will be able to enjoy the renovated bird hide of Lake Makria, the birds that inhabit the surrounding wetland through binoculars and telescopes and be informed about the importance of wetlands and their conservation.

On Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022, honorary guests will be hosted at the bird hide of Lake Makria, as part of the celebrations of World Wetlands Day. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the area near the renovated bird hide and other restoration activities to protect the environment of the wider Lady’s Mile area.

The events are organized under the framework of the “MedIsWet” Program, funded by Terra Cypria – The Cyprus Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, the MAVA Foundation – Fondation pour la Nature and the Administration of the Sovereign British Bases (SBAA).

Lake Makria is a Special Protection Area (SPA) for birds and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for habitats and species of flora and fauna, in accordance with British Base Laws on ‘‘Protection and Development of Game and Wild Birds’ and ‘Conservation of Wildlife and Natural Habitats’. The area is characterized by rich biodiversity that includes important habitats, plants, birds, invertebrates, and amphibians. The Lake is one of the few nesting areas of the Ferruginous duck and is an area where many other species of waterbirds are found.

The bird hide of Lake Makria was renovated as part of the “MedIsWet” program. Additionally, the wider area of Lady’s Mile has been included in the framework of the project funded by Darwin Plus Initiative of the United Kingdom – with project partners BirdLife Cyprus (coordinating role), Terra Cypria – The Cyprus Foundation for Environmental Protection, the Department of the Environment of the British Bases and the RSPB (BirdLife in UK) – aiming to restore important wildlife habitats within areas under the British Base Administration, promoting the rational use of these areas while at the same time developing ecotourism opportunities to support the local economy.

The event will comply with all applicable health measures against the Covid-19 pandemic and entry will only be permitted upon presentation of SafePass and ID.