Public in trouble for badgering Larnaca’s flamingos
|Fri 14 Dec 2018|
| Larnaca municipality and the Larnaca tourist board on Friday expressed their disappointment that the public is ignoring their appeals not to disturb the flamingos on Larnaca salt lake.
They said they were particularly concerned over the increased use of drones to photograph the migratory birds because these upset the flamingos.
“People are entering the Larnaca salt lake and disturbing flamingos constantly,” the announcement said.
“Despite repeated appeals and meetings with the environment services and the responsible ministry, no measures have been taken to ensure the protection of this unique wetland. In recent years, unfortunately, residents and tourists enter the lake to approach the flamingos despite the existence of warning signs every day.”
Continual disturbance of the birds could lead to a population decline and may mean they will not return in future, they warned.
“The Larnaca wetlands, apart from their enormous ecological value, are one of the city’s main points of interest and should therefore be preserved to the maximum extent possible. Continuous appeals to the public that have taken place from time to time by various agencies and services have not had the expected outcome,” said the announcement.