Protecting marine turtles and their habitat

Key dates for 2012

We will be using this page to update you on events and important activities throughout the year.

28 May – Early morning beach walk rota starts!

If you haven’t done so already it is time to visit the beach walking rota page and put name down for some turtle track spotting whilst enjoying a pleasant early morning stroll along our beautiful beaches!

12 May – Update Curium Beach Clean and start of season meal, St Ermogenis Taverna

We have now finalised details of the start of season meal.  It will take place from around 1pm following the morning beach clean. The meal will consist of a buffet lunch at the ever popular St Ermogenis Taverna and will cost 8 euro per person (excluding drinks) for anybody who wishes to attend.If you would like to reserve a place at the meal please let Ruth Baker know (tel: 99 177318 or email: ruthbaker7@hotmail.com).  Money for the meal will be collected before the clean.  If possible try to bring the correct amount.  Please note that volunteers who are unable to assist with the clean are still very welcome to join us for the meal. Payment will be taken from them on arrival.

12 May – Curium Beach Clean, 9am St Ermogenis Taverna (Back by popular demand!!)

After two lots of Easter and a bank holiday or two we do believe (and history has shown) that our beaches are likely to be in need of some “Tender Loving Care (TLC)”.  The date also fits in rather nicely with the Marine Conservation Society’s big clean up weekend.   In the case of Turtlewatch TLC translates to us and (we hope) you armed with literally hundreds of bin bags, protective gloves, the odd pick up truck and a joyous appreciation of the great outdoors!  The large scale beach clean at Curium Beach has become an annual fixture in the Turtlewatch calendar and is the main event of our spring clean programme.   Due to its’ position and popularity Curium is a major collecting point both for junk washed in by the tides and sadly also for rubbish of all types left by the general public.  Curium is positioned between the nesting beaches at Episkopi and those at Akrotiri.  Consequently, all rubbish in and near the sea, has the potential to affect the nesting populations on either side and also the large foraging population which gathers off the Curium and Episkopi coastline.   This is a beach used by almost everybody and so we like to get the whole community involved in clearing it.

This year we are pleased to announce that this event is again being sponsored by Sodexo(Cyprus) Ltd which will with the assistance of its strategic partner, IFM, be supplying clean up materials and manpower to the cause.  We are extremely grateful for its continued support and we would welcome yours too!  All participants will meet at 9am in the car park at St Ermogenis Taverna which is on the road to the beach from the B6. We aim to start cleaning by 9:30am with a view to finishing the event at around 1pm.  It is not necessary to be present for the entire clean – a pair of hands for an hour can be a big help.  For anybody who is less mobile there is also the opportunity to help out with organisation on the day.  As in previous years we shall be arranging a reasonably priced lunch at the taverna for anybody who would like to participate.  Full details and cost of the lunch will be posted at a later date.  If you think that you can join us for the clean please try to send an email to info@episkopiturtlewatch.com with “Beach clean” in the subject heading so that we have an approximate idea of the volume of gloves, water etc that we will need to supply.  Please also be aware that sensible shoes such as boots or trainers are a must on the day and sun protection is also advisable.

Hope to see you on the beach with a bag and a smile!

 

21 April  – Episkopi Spring Fayre, St John’s School, Episkopi Garrison

To herald  “International Earth Day” on 22nd April we shall be manning a stall at the Spring Fayre.  Our aim is to provide information to the general public both about our activities ,and, about the turtles in the Episkopi Bay area and the problems that they face.  The Fayre is open to everyone from 11am to 3:30pm so do please try to drop by and say hello.  We shall also have small items for sale such as T Shirts, pens and mugs and, most importantly, we will be seeking to sign up as many people as possible to help us with our 2012 beach clean and beach walking programme.

18 February –  Army Benevolent Fund Kolossi 10km walk or run!

This is the fun charity event which was originally scheduled to take place in the latter part of 2011.  It is an ideal opportunity to get those flippers (sorry feet) working again before the start of the beach cleaning and walking seasons and to meet up with other members.

The  ABF supports service men and their families where there is a need.  Locally, it also helps the very old members of the Cyprus Veterans of WW2.   There is a team event for runners and also one for walkers.  Runners start at 10:30, walkers at 9:30.  We would like to enter at least one team  for each event.  The cost of entry is 10 euro per adult, 10-15 year olds 5 euro and under tens (and dogs on leads) go free! and includes an event T Shirt.   If you are interested in joining us send an email by the 15th February.