If you thought that Larnaka’s only interesting birds are the famous pink flamingos that frequent Larnaka Salt Lake, then you are in for a real treat if you take a trip to Voroklini Lake…
Voroklini Lake (in the village of Voroklini off Dekeleia Road) is one of only seven natural wetlands in Cyprus and very important on both a Cyprus and pan-European level. As such, the lake is a Special Protection Area (SPA) under the EU Birds Directive, and a Site of Community Importance (SCI) under the EU Habitats Directive. It is home to an amazing array of rare birds, all of which can be spotted at the new bird watch, complete with telescope and binoculars.
The bird watch is one of the projects implemented in a three-year EU-funded LIFE conservation project ‘Restoration and Management of Oroklini Lake’ that was aimed at protecting this significant wetland and raising awareness of its value for biodiversity. Aside from the bird watch, there is also an information kiosk where you can find out all about birds such as the Cattle Egret, Spur-winged Lapwing, Spoonbill and others – many of which nest there.
Other initiatives during the LIFE project included a volunteer-based clean up of the lake, a photographic exhibition and a 16-minute documentary.
More information on the LIFE Oroklini project can be found at: www.orokliniproject.org.