Have you been waiting for the perfect opportunity to explore nature? Here it is!

We want to see nature through your own eyes, but also through your other senses! Go out into nature, activate your senses and practice your observation skills!

If you are between 9 and 25 years old, there is a perfect reason for you to explore nature: BirdLife Cyprus' ‘Wild for nature’ creative mapping competition! Enter the competition for your chance to win prizes worth a total of over 1500 euros and to take part in an exhibition, of the winning and the most interesting entries! Artwork submission deadline: 30 March 2018.

Choose an Important Bird Area and go explore it. Make a map inspired by whatever excites you! Forget maps as you know them, create a map out of your experiences in nature and share it with us! What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? Study nature: the shapes, the patterns, the colours, the textures, the light and shadows, the sounds, the contrasts in textures and shapes; there is so much to see, to hear, to experience…

Don’t know where to go? Nature is all around us although some areas are more special and rich in biodiversity. There are 34 Important Bird Areas in Cyprus, covering about 3,100 square kilometres of wetlands, forests, scrub and agricultural habitats, inland as well as coastal areas and peninsulas, from the sea level to the highest peaks of the Troodos Mountains. Among them are Mahairas Forest, Akrotiri Peninsula, Troodos Forest, Cape Greco, Oroklini Lake, Larnaka Salt Lakes and the Kato Paphos Lighthouse area. These areas are waiting for you to go explore and enjoy!

We hope you will have beautiful experiences of exploration and discovery in nature! The experience becomes even more rewarding when you start recognizing different species of wildlife, such as birds, which is the most visible animal group (and the most impressive, may we add!).

‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes’ - Marcel Proust

Don’t miss our next creative mapping workshops:

Important Bird Areas of Cyprus - The Book

Discover the 34 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Cyprus. Flip through the book to see photos and maps of each IBA and to find out what it is that makes them important for birds.


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