Posted by: Dan | January 30, 2010

Bats of Cyprus

There’s an interesting and informative post on some of Cyprus’ other winged residents on Mahallas: The Bats of Cyprus:

Despite the current protected status of bats in Cyprus, as in the whole of the EU, the old misconceptions and attitudes toward them are still held strongly by some Cypriots. Bats are being shot for fun, their habitats are being destroyed by pollution and development and the wider public is still ignorant about our very precious natural heritage.

Go check it out, including the links at the bottom of their post.



  1. Its terrible how they treat these poor little birds and bats. I think it will be a long time before anything changes for the better.

  2. Dan,

    It’s depressing that bat continue to be hunted.

    When we were Aradippou based we enjoyed the nightly dusk ritual of a garden full of bats. Despite our best efforts we never established what species they were. Now that we’re in the Troodos foothills we have hardly seen a single bat in the last six months.


  3. Thanks for hosting my post on your blog. There is truly a need for environmental education in Cyprus. People are not aware of the importance and beauty of our natural heritage and environmental matters end up being last on everyone’s list, including of course the politicians’ agendas.

    I am very happy to have found your blog and will be following your posts with interest.

  4. @backbeatlili,
    I was happy to post this, and would be pleased to promote further posts on the wildlife of Cyprus at Mahallas. Thanks for the interest, and know that it goes both ways. ;-)


%d bloggers like this: