Nature and Wildlife



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Praying Mantis are very common in gardens in Cyprus. They live on insects and are very beneficial to have on your plants as they keep aphids and other plant pests under control. Praying Mantis are green or tan, camouflaging them among plants. Like all insects, they have 6 jointed legs, a three part body (head, thorax, and abdomen), 2 antennae, large compound eyes, and a hard exoskeleton. Mantids can rotate their triangular-shaped head in almost a full circle. Prayi...
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Two species of Marine Turtle, the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) breed regularly on the beaches around the coast of Cyprus. Both were far more abundant in the past but their numbers have fallen in recent years.Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) are also occasionally found off the west coast of Cyprus. However no nesting activity of this species has been noted in Cyprus or in the Mediterranean. Exploitation of turtl...
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March, April and May are the best months for those who delight in the fantastic wildflowers which abound in the countryside and along the shores of our lovely island. 1/The first picture is one that I took yesterday, 1st Feb 2009 while strolling along the shore at Paphos This pretty anemone is abundant all along the shore at this time of year. 2/The wild garlic (Allium Neapolitanum)announces its presence even before you can see it, with its pungent smell. Large s...
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Cyprus is used by millions of birds as a stepping-stone during their migration from Europe to Africa and back, something that has been observed since Homeric times.The birds of Cyprus number 373 recorded species, about 200 of which are passing migrants. Some 46 residents and 27 migratory species breed regularly on the island while the endemic species (unique to Cyprus) are around 10. 1/From the numerous wild birds of Cyprus, birds of prey are the most fascinating a...
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The mouflon is the national symbol of Cyprus and is thought to be one of two original ancestors of all modern day sheep. It originated on the islands of Corsica, Sardina, and Cyprus. Like most wild sheep, the mouflon lives in mountainous terrain, usually above the tree line or in mountain meadows. There are very few Mouflon left in the wild on the island of Cyprus but there is a small breeding herd in a protected area in the Troodos mountains which aims to increas...
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