The Cyprus Nature Library in Kyrenia

The Cyprus Nature Library was launched on September 30, 2010, by Kuşkor, the North Cyprus Society for the Protection of Birds and Nature, surrounded by some stunning wildlife images, provided by local photographers Sami Tamson, Bariş Saydam and Susie Forster. Representatives from local schools, universities and environmental and education related organizations came to celebrate the opening alongside general nature enthusiasts.

Kuşkor chairman, Mr. Martin Marancos, welcomed everyone and explained the background behind the project. “For many years those involved in environmental work in Cyprus, especially those involved in or wanting to develop environmental education projects, have struggled to find good, easily accessible, literature and resources about the nature and environment of Cyprus. We at Kuşkor, who will be celebrating our 20th birthday in November, have certainly recognized this issue and for some time have wished to rectify the problem. This year, with the help of a small grant from Supporting Activities that Value the Environment (SAVE), who are funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Kuşkor has finally been able to start to solve this problem with the establishment of the Cyprus Nature Library.”

One of the aims of the library is to provide an international standard of literature and resources that relate specifically to the nature and environment of Cyprus. The library is be aimed not only at those who work in environmental sectors in Cyprus but also local living nature enthusiasts, visiting tourists with an interest in nature, environmental educators, children, students, local and international researchers and anyone who has even a slight interest in nature and wildlife. Assistant Professor, Dr. Wayne Fuller, of the European University of Lefke noted “for those involved in environmental and conservation research the Cyprus Nature Library is a long-awaited resource that will be a vital tool in enhancing research on the island”. Meanwhile Tricia and Peter Dann, nature enthusiasts and local volunteers for the Society for Protection of Turtles (SPOT), spoke of how wonderful the library was for those who wish to know more about the wildlife around them in Cyprus, and gain help with identifying birds, butterflies and various other wildlife.

Nearly all of the books and resources available at the library can be searched online at www.kuskor.org, and a few examples include Christodoulo Makris’ ‘Butterflies of Cyprus’, Collins Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe (the very best field guide for birds available), Boris Kryştufek’s ‘Mammals of Turkey and Cyprus’, as well as several guide books on Cyprus including Alison Dowey’s ‘Walks in North Cyprus’. Many of the books and resources over the coming weeks will also be available to borrow. It will however be necessary for those who wish to borrow resources to first become a member and then also leave a deposit to the value of the book. A small library bookshop is also being established.

The second, but equally important, aim of the library is to support, develop and promote environmental education and environmental awareness raising activities in Cyprus. Children, parents and teachers can now have access to some fantastic books, DVDs and other resources in both Turkish and English. Ken Hearne, a volunteer for Kuşkor, has also contributed some creative displays for children, and is currently planning a life-size replica of a turtle nest. Over coming weeks this educational aspect of the library will really come into being. Teachers of local schools and those already involved in or wanting to be involved in environmental education will be invited to the library to work together with Kuşkor to develop environmental related education projects using the library resources.

Volunteer and coordinator of the library, Miss Andrea Barden, explained that “for Kuşkor, the Cyprus Nature Library is just the beginning; the foundation of many more environmental education and environmental awareness raising projects to come.” Both Mr. Marancos and Miss. Barden took the time to thank everyone that has been involved in and supported the project, with a special thanks to the US government, the USAID and the SAVE Project. Additional remarks were also made by Mrs. Barbara Rossmiller of the SAVE Project.

From Monday 18 October, the library will be open to visitors, who will be able to browse resources at leisure and gain information from coordinator Miss. Barden. Current opening times will be Monday mornings from 9-12, and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 2-5. Alternatively you will be able contact the library on 0392 815 5462 or [email protected] to arrange times outside of these hours.

Coordinator Miss Barden also emphasized how teachers and educators who are interested in the project should please contact her over the coming weeks, and that she will be visiting schools and universities with more information about the library shortly. Kuşkor are also on the lookout for more volunteers and wildlife photographers to help in the library, and invite anyone with an interest to pop by, as there is plenty to get involved in.

Directions to library HERE

For more information please contact:

Andrea Barden

Volunteer and Cyprus Nature Library Coordinator
North Cyprus Society for the Protection of Birds and Nature

Tel: (90) 392 815 5462 / Mobile: (90) 542 873 2859

[email protected] / www.kuskor.org

The Cyprus Nature Library was launched on September 30, 2010, by Kuşkor, the North Cyprus Society for the Protection of Birds and Nature, surrounded by some stunning wildlife images, provided by local photographers Sami Tamson, Bariş Saydam and Susie Forster. Representatives from local schools, universities and environmental and education related organizations came to celebrate the opening alongside general nature enthusiasts.

Kuşkor chairman, Mr. Martin Marancos, welcomed everyone and explained the background behind the project. “For many years those involved in environmental work in Cyprus, especially those involved in or wanting to develop environmental education projects, have struggled to find good, easily accessible, literature and resources about the nature and environment of Cyprus. We at Kuşkor, who will be celebrating our 20th birthday in November, have certainly recognized this issue and for some time have wished to rectify the problem. This year, with the help of a small grant from Supporting Activities that Value the Environment (SAVE), who are funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Kuşkor has finally been able to start to solve this problem with the establishment of the Cyprus Nature Library.”

One of the aims of the library is to provide an international standard of literature and resources that relate specifically to the nature and environment of Cyprus. The library is be aimed not only at those who work in environmental sectors in Cyprus but also local living nature enthusiasts, visiting tourists with an interest in nature, environmental educators, children, students, local and international researchers and anyone who has even a slight interest in nature and wildlife. Assistant Professor, Dr. Wayne Fuller, of the European University of Lefke noted “for those involved in environmental and conservation research the Cyprus Nature Library is a long-awaited resource that will be a vital tool in enhancing research on the island”. Meanwhile Tricia and Peter Dann, nature enthusiasts and local volunteers for the Society for Protection of Turtles (SPOT), spoke of how wonderful the library was for those who wish to know more about the wildlife around them in Cyprus, and gain help with identifying birds, butterflies and various other wildlife.

Nearly all of the books and resources available at the library can be searched online at www.kuskor.org, and a few examples include Christodoulo Makris’ ‘Butterflies of Cyprus’, Collins Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe (the very best field guide for birds available), Boris Kryştufek’s ‘Mammals of Turkey and Cyprus’, as well as several guide books on Cyprus including Alison Dowey’s ‘Walks in North Cyprus’. Many of the books and resources over the coming weeks will also be available to borrow. It will however be necessary for those who wish to borrow resources to first become a member and then also leave a deposit to the value of the book. A small library bookshop is also being established.

The second, but equally important, aim of the library is to support, develop and promote environmental education and environmental awareness raising activities in Cyprus. Children, parents and teachers can now have access to some fantastic books, DVDs and other resources in both Turkish and English. Ken Hearne, a volunteer for Kuşkor, has also contributed some creative displays for children, and is currently planning a life-size replica of a turtle nest. Over coming weeks this educational aspect of the library will really come into being. Teachers of local schools and those already involved in or wanting to be involved in environmental education will be invited to the library to work together with Kuşkor to develop environmental related education projects using the library resources.

Volunteer and coordinator of the library, Miss Andrea Barden, explained that “for Kuşkor, the Cyprus Nature Library is just the beginning; the foundation of many more environmental education and environmental awareness raising projects to come.” Both Mr. Marancos and Miss. Barden took the time to thank everyone that has been involved in and supported the project, with a special thanks to the US government, the USAID and the SAVE Project. Additional remarks were also made by Mrs. Barbara Rossmiller of the SAVE Project.

From Monday 18 October, the library will be open to visitors, who will be able to browse resources at leisure and gain information from coordinator Miss. Barden. Current opening times will be Monday mornings from 9-12, and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 2-5. Alternatively you will be able contact the library on 0392 815 5462 or [email protected] to arrange times outside of these hours.

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The Cyprus Nature Library was launched on September 30, 2010, by Kuşkor, the North Cyprus Society for the Protection of Birds and Nature, surrounded by some stunning wildlife images, provided by local photographers Sami Tamson, Bariş Saydam and Susie Forster.  Representatives from local schools, universities and environmental and education related organizations came to celebrate the opening alongside general nature enthusiasts.

Kuşkor chairman, Mr. Martin Marancos, welcomed everyone and explained the background behind the project. “For many years those involved in environmental work in Cyprus, especially those involved in or wanting to develop environmental education projects, have struggled to find good, easily accessible, literature and resources about the nature and environment of Cyprus. We at Kuşkor, who will be celebrating our 20th birthday in November, have certainly recognized this issue and for some time have wished to rectify the problem. This year, with the help of a small grant from Supporting Activities that Value the Environment (SAVE), who are funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Kuşkor has finally been able to start to solve this problem with the establishment of the Cyprus Nature Library.”

One of the aims of the library is to provide an international standard of literature and resources that relate specifically to the nature and environment of Cyprus. The library is be aimed not only at those who work in environmental sectors in Cyprus but  also  local  living  nature  enthusiasts, visiting  tourists   with  an  interest  in  nature,  environmental educators, children, students, local and international researchers and anyone who has even a slight interest in nature and wildlife. Assistant Professor, Dr. Wayne Fuller, of the European University of Lefke noted “for those involved in environmental and conservation research the Cyprus Nature Library is a long-awaited resource that will be a vital tool in enhancing research on the island”. Meanwhile Tricia and Peter Dann, nature enthusiasts and local volunteers for the Society for Protection of Turtles (SPOT), spoke of how wonderful the library was for those who wish to know more about the wildlife around them in Cyprus, and gain help with identifying birds, butterflies and various other wildlife.

Nearly all of the books and resources available at the library can be searched online at www.kuskor.org, and a few examples include Christodoulo Makris’ ‘Butterflies of Cyprus’, Collins Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe (the very best field guide for birds available), Boris Kryştufek’s ‘Mammals of Turkey and Cyprus’, as well as several guide books on Cyprus including Alison Dowey’s ‘Walks in North Cyprus’. Many of the books and resources over the coming weeks will also be available to borrow. It will however be necessary for those who wish to borrow resources to first become a member and then also leave a deposit to the value of the book. A small library bookshop is also being established.

The second, but equally important, aim of the library is to support, develop and promote environmental education and environmental awareness raising activities in Cyprus. Children, parents and teachers can now have access to some fantastic books, DVDs and other resources in both Turkish and English. Ken Hearne, a volunteer for Kuşkor, has also contributed some creative displays for children, and is currently planning a life-size replica of a turtle nest. Over coming weeks this educational aspect of the library will really come into being. Teachers of local schools and those already involved in or wanting to be involved in environmental education will be invited to the library to work together with Kuşkor to develop environmental related education projects using the library resources.

Volunteer and coordinator of the library, Miss Andrea Barden, explained that “for Kuşkor, the Cyprus Nature Library is just the beginning; the foundation of many more environmental education and environmental awareness raising projects to come.” Both Mr. Marancos and Miss. Barden took the time to thank everyone that has been involved in and supported the project, with a special thanks to the US government, the USAID and the SAVE Project. Additional remarks were also made by Mrs. Barbara Rossmiller of the SAVE Project.

From Monday 18 October, the library will be open to visitors, who will be able to browse resources at leisure and gain information from coordinator Miss. Barden. Current opening times will be Monday mornings from 9-12, and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 2-5. Alternatively you will be able contact the library on 0392 815 5462 or [email protected] to arrange times outside of these hours.

Coordinator Miss Barden also emphasized how teachers and educators who are interested in the project should please contact her over the coming weeks, and that she will be visiting schools and universities with more information about the library shortly. Kuşkor are also on the lookout for more volunteers and wildlife photographers to help in the library, and invite anyone with an interest to pop by, as there is plenty to get involved in.

For more information please contact:

Andrea Barden

Volunteer and Cyprus Nature Library Coordinator

North Cyprus Society for the Protection of Birds and Nature

Tel: (90) 392 815 5462 / Mobile: (90) 542 873 2859

[email protected] / www.kuskor.org

ordinator Miss Barden also emphasized how teachers and educators who are interested in the project should please contact her over the coming weeks, and that she will be visiting schools and universities with more information about the library shortly. Kuşkor are also on the lookout for more volunteers and wildlife photographers to help in the library, and invite anyone with an interest to pop by, as there is plenty to get involved in.

For more information please contact:

Andrea Barden

Volunteer and Cyprus Nature Library Coordinator

North Cyprus Society for the Protection of Birds and Nature

Tel: (90) 392 815 5462 / Mobile: (90) 542 873 2859

[email protected] / www.kuskor.org

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