Let’s Keep Larnaka’s Migratory Birds Safe… Together
With the wonderful sight of flamingos and other migratory birds in and around the Larnaka Salt Lake network and Voroklini Lake, it is only natural that visitors will ‘flock’ to catch a glimpse of the majestic, rare or unusual birds that frequent the protected wetlands during the colder months.
Whilst we are proud that Larnaka lakes constitute a valuable eco-system that is enjoyed by both locals and visitors, the highest priority for the LTB, all Larnaka stakeholders, and BirdLife Cyprus, is to ensure that the birds continue to find a safe and beneficial environment to return to year after year.
To this end, we would like to caution against disturbing the birds, and urge the public to refrain from trying to get close-up to our feathered friends, or trampling or disturbing their natural habitat. Flamingos in particular are extremely sensitive and can become very distressed, as well as jeopardised by these actions.
We - of course - want people to continue observing the birds and taking photos, but only from a safe and reasonable distance, and never in the water of the lakes, or close-up.
In line with this increased need to protect the inhabitants of our wetlands, Larnaka Municipality has placed signage reminding visitors to respect the salt lake and the migratory birds.
For those who want to learn more about the birds at Voroklini Lake, and better view them, a bird expert offers a free bird watching session every Monday during the period of our free winter activities programme (details here).
Image: Demos Antoniou