Learning to love Oroklini Lake - May '12
BirdLife Cyprus who is a project partner, was once again in Oroklini to talk to 50 pupils from Oroklini Primary School about the importance of Oroklini Lake, and to give them the opportunity to see through telescopes and binoculars the bird species that frequent this amazing wetland.
During the talk, the pupils learnt more about the ecology of the lake, the bird species that visit or nest at the lake (some of which they were familiar with, like the easily-recognisable and beautiful Spur-winged Lapwing) and the threats that the lake faces today. They also had the chance to discuss ways to protect Oroklini Lake and learn more about the LIFE project that aims to restore and manage the lake, for the benefit of the wildlife and the local community.
After the talk, the pupils visited Oroklini Lake to see some of the species mentioned in the talk, through telescopes and binoculars, with the help of the Project Coordinator and other BirdLife Cyprus staff.
The pupils voiced their enthusiasm at the sight of the Black-winged Stilts and Spur-winged Lapwings, and expressed their interest in participating in the volunteer-based ‘Clean Oroklini Lake’ day that will be organised sometime next year under the LIFE Oroklini project.