From one island to another

I have not long returned from a superb ten days on the enchanting island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean (although ‘enchanting’ perhaps isn’t the appropriate word where the current state of affairs regarding illegal songbird massacre is concerned…)

The trip was part of our second year field courses with the University of Exeter, and entailed a brilliant few days spent learning about the isle’s spectacular diversity, conducting various surveys, sampling and diversity monitoring exercises, carrying out some bird ringing and ample sweep netting, and also devising a two-day research project in small study groups.

Prior to the start of the field course, I headed out a couple of days early to travel around north Cyprus with fellow wildlife enthusiast Teddy Walliker. We hitchhiked and camped our way around some amazing spots and took in a diverse mix of the island’s rugged landscape and rich natural heritage.

Suffice to say that the wildlife was awesome, and the birding sublime! I’ll be posting several blogs about the trip in the coming weeks, although revising for exams is currently taking priority (even if Bardsey is teeming with migrants!).



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