Famagusta Wetlands Protected Area.
Encompassing a number of isolated areas of both fresh and brackish water to the west, and north west of the town of Famagusta, the wetlands were first identified as being of importance for wintering and migrating birds.
In winter this is one of the few sites in the north of the island to hold significant number of wintering Greater Flamingoes, Phoenicopterus roseus, and summer sees birds such as Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, and the Spur Winged Plover, Vanellus spinosus, breeding in the wetland areas.
In most summers at least a portion of the wetlands retain water throughout the season, and thus they provide an important and valuable resource in an otherwise dry landscape.
. Wetlands are important for many species - such as this Dragonfly.
Subsequent field and survey work by the NATURA 2000 project fieldworkers has identified that the sites also contain some unique and ecologically important species of plants and bryophytes.
Work is ongoing to fully survey this important habitat and to prepare an international standard management plan for the sites.