An update on KUSKOR’s project to encourage Roller on the Mesaoria Plain:
The seventh and final KUŞKOR volunteer session of our roller nest boxes project was on 12th
of December. This saw the erection of the 44th box for the European Roller
in North Cyprus.
this year KUŞKOR were awarded £650 from The Ornithological Society for the
Middle East (OSME)
towards the initiation of a nest box project for European Roller
on the Mesaoria Plain. We chose to focus our efforts within and around the two
designated Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of the Mesaoria region; the Mesaoria
Plain IBA and the Haspolat IBA. The boxes were erected around Kukla Wetland,
Köprülü Village and fields around İncirlik and Çayönü and along the Kanlıdere
River between Haspolat and Ercan Airport.
costs we opted to build all of the boxes ourselves with the help of volunteers.
In April wood and tools were purchased. Regular volunteer sessions have since
been held to have the boxes assembled, marked with contact details and
individual ID numbers, and erected on poles and trees in our chosen conservation
We will be
monitoring these nest boxes in order to understand their success and this will
require further volunteer effort. So we are looking for volunteers to go to
check the boxes (GPS coordinates available) for occupancy during the 2016
summer and we may then decide to mark birds for more detailed monitoring. Anyone
willing to volunteer can contact Damla Beton on 0542 8813750.
to local volunteers Olkan Ergüler, Gavin Croucher, Erdil Şeytanoğlu, Emre
Kolaç, Cem Özkurt, Çimer Ergene, Neil Avery and volunteers of SPOT (Sea Turtle
Conservation Project Team 2015) who have all helped to assemble and erect
boxes. And particular thanks to Yusuf Paralik Ltd. hardware stores for providing
materials and tools at a reduced cost. And we would like to thank OSME for
their support to our conservation efforts in North Cyprus.