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PEATS Cyprus Impacts of Climate Change on Wildlife & Innovative Ways to Raise Awareness

Dates: 6th June – 5th July 2022
Number of UK Participants: 5
Duration: 30 days

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Please be aware that we can only book the flights that are available, so this means that we may not necessarily be able to use the closest airport to you.

Introduction

Grampus have worked with Kato Drys Community Council for 11 years now and they deliver a range of outdoor practical courses in the areas of environmental, traditional and archaeological skills. The area is part of the mountainous region of Larnaca District, a matrix of small farms, olive and almond groves, terraces (‘domi’) maquis Mediterranean forest and pine woodland. There are some important streams and reservoirs, which attract a varied wildlife, sort of oases in a country with hot and dry summers. Soils are calcareous and fertile, so plant life is diverse and as a consequence, so are insects and therefore birds.

Programme

As so often with Grampus placements there is a bit of an overlap between environmental skills and traditional skills. We use art and craft to promote and raise awareness about wildlife and issues such as climate change. We have selected some species of birds, insects and plants whose habits, cycles, relative abundance or behavioural patterns have been impacted upon by global warming, and by mans activity such as industrial farming.

Learners attending the programme choose 2 or 3 species from this list….

BIRDS                                      INSECTS                                   PLANTS                                REPTILES

Hoopoe                                    Red darter dragonfly                  Sea grass                              Snake eyed lizard

Bee eater                                 Hummingbird moth                     Olive                                      Black whipsnake

Swallow                                   Tent-maker caterpillar/moth        Giant reed mace / cattail       Chameleon

House sparrow                        Water boatman beetle                 Aleppo oak                            Sea turtle

Griffon vulture                          Honey bee                                  Bermuda buttercup                House gecko

Magpie                                     Solitary bees                              Golden wattle/ Acacia            Agama lizard

First, in week one, participants will study the species in the field and learn about changes that have occurred over the last 30-40 years. There is no guarantee that you will physically see some off the list, such as snakes, chameleons and turtles.

In weeks two and three, the group will create art and craft that represents those species and try to tell the story of the impact / changes, that have occurred. The group will use outdoor and street painting / mosaic / weaving / rope or cordage making / ceramics / mask making

In the fourth week, we set up an exhibition of the groups work in a creative space / theatre / museum that we develop inside an old olive mill in Pano Lefkara

There will be additional day trips to get to know more about the culture and nature of Cyprus, including the Troodos Mountains, Nicosia (the divided capital city), Kourion ancient Roman site and Akrotiri marshes and salt lake

Accommodation in a large traditional house, self catering and some necessity for room sharing.

Turing Funding

The Turing funding covers return UK flights, insurance, accommodation, subsistence (3 meals a day) and internal transport in Cyprus. Participants must make their own way to and from the UK airport. Please note: flight schedules may still be reduced, so while we do our best to look for flights from airports near to where the participants are, we cannot guarantee that we can use the closest airport. We can only book what is available.