World Forest Day – The biodiversity of Andros’ alder forests

The World Forest Day is this year dedicated to the biodiversity that forests host. The alder forests and stands of Andros are an astonishing proof of the high biodiversity hiding within forests! Over 100 mushroom species have been identified and recorded to date in this particular habitat. Species that develop a selective symbiotic relationship with alder trees, feed on their dead wood or are just found on soil or alder leaf-litter. During autumn and winter of last year, new data emerged regarding the mushrooms diversity in alder forests ad stands of Andros as a result of the investigation performed by the mycological research team of Agricultural University of Athens (Laboratory of General and Agricultural Microbiology). Among others it is noteworthy to mention: The species Fomes fomentarius, i.e. the "tinder fungus",…
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Mediterranean monk seal rescue seminar

The seminars, entitled “Mediterranean Monk Seal Rescue Operation”, which were organized in the framework of the LIFE Andros Park project were successfully held on Friday and Saturday, 6 and 7 of March. The MOm Rescue Team presented to the participants marine mammal rescue techniques, focusing on the Mediterranean monk seal. The first seminar, held on Friday at Andrion Club, was addressed to the island’s public services and the professional fishermen and was organized in collaboration with the Port Authority of Andros. The seminar was attended by representatives of the Port Authority, the Veterinary Service, the Fisheries Association of Andros and the Andrion Club. The second seminar, held on Saturday at the Municipality of Andros, was addressed to local volunteer groups and other sensitive citizens. Among the participants were members of…
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Visit to the islets where Mediterranean shag nest

The reproduction of the Mediterranean shags of Andros began on the islets and the project’s field team was there to check it. At the same time, sampled the presence of plastics in the nests and collected the plastic and other debris found on the islets and can become traps for birds. The nests that were located under the impenetrable shrubs made their location a challenge. The team went to the islands with the boat of the Municipality of Andros "Calypso". [envira-gallery id="1142"]
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“Mediterranean Monk Seal Rescue Operation” Seminar

In the framework of LIFE Andros Park project, MOm - the Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk seal - invites you to participate in the seminar entitled "Mediterranean Seal Rescue Operation". The aim of the seminar is to inform stakeholders and residents of Andros Island of how they can give aid to a seal in need. The MOm Rescue Team will present to the participants marine mammal rescue techniques, focusing on the Mediterranean monk seal, while a practical training will be also provided. The seminar will take place on Saturday 7/3/2020, at 11.00, at the Town Hall of Andros, in Chora. The practical part of the seminar will take place on the beach of Paraporti. Participants will receive a Certificate of attendance, while a Rescue/Necropsy kit…
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A walk of getting acquainted with the mushrooms of Andros Island

The participants of the mushroom tour, organized by the teams of LIFE Andros Park, the Andros Routes initiative and the Cultural Association of Arni at the area of Arni and Remata on Saturday 30th of November, equipped with baskets, searched for mushrooms and collected many and interesting mushroom specimens. In total, 45 walkers participated, originating from all corners of the island, as well as visitors from Athens and Syros Island, who arrived exclusively for the excursion. The weather of the previous days favored the growth of mushrooms and lead to a rich "harvest". The participants were initially welcomed by a representative of Andros Routes initiative and presented shortly the area of Arni and the hike of the day that would follow at the marked routes. The project coordinator, Mr. George…
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Invitation to mushroom tour at Arni

The LIFE Andros Park project team in collaboration with volunteers of the Andros Route initiative and the Cultural Association of Arni organize an excursion to search, collect and identify mushrooms of Andros and invite you to join. The excursion will take place on Saturday, November 30th, at Arni and Remata regions. The meeting point will be the church of Virgin Mary at Arni, next to the headquarters of the Cultural Association of Arni, at 10.00 am. Our hike will be divided into two parts: First we will drive with our vehicles to an area near Remata that hosts habitat with alders, where we will take a short ride at route No 13. Once back at Arni with our vehicles we will walk the circular route of Arni (Ar1), through chestnuts…
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Participation in the workshop for the networking of the LIFE Nature and Biodiversity projects

The project team participated in a two-day workshop organized by LIFE-IP 4 Natura and Greek LIFE Task Force for the networking of the LIFE Nature and Biodiversity projects implemented in Greece (Athens, 23-24 October). At the workshop, the LIFE Andros Park project was presented by the project coordinator Professor G.Zervakis (AUA), experiences were exchanged, while possible synergies and collaboration opportunities with other projects being implemented across Greece were identified. More information here (in Greek).
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Participation at the meeting organized by the Management Body of Cyclades on Andros Island

The project team participated in the meeting successfully held by the Management Body of Cyclades on Andros Island on the 21th of October. Its thematic was "Acquaintance with the Natura 2000 Areas: Sustainable Management, Challenges, Sustainable Solutions". In the workshop, the biodiversity of the Natura 2000 protected sites of the island was introduced, I.Nikolaou (Municipality of Andros) and T.Dimalexis (NCC) presented the LIFE projects implemented on Andros, while P.Dendrinos (MOm), presented information on the Mediterranean monk seals that the island hosts. The work carried out by the Management Body and its actions were presented. Furthermore, the participants were briefed on the procedure for the conduction of the Special Environmental Studies for the Natura 2000 sites of the island and the consultation to be carried out was made by the study…
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Thank-you letter from the Cultural Association of Arni

We were delighted to read the thank you letter from the Arni Cultural Association for the removal of debris from the Vori stream carried out by the LIFE project! The fact that the removal took place in good time led to the prevention of floods during the recent bad weather and to the protection of both, the wetland and the residents’ properties. If the intervention had not been carried out on time, it is estimated that the damage from the heavy rainfall would have been great and corresponding to those in the neighboring areas (Achla, Bourkoti, Apoikia, Ateni), as well as to the damage caused at Vori in 2012 that lead to the destruction of part of the riparian alder forest.
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LIFE Andros Park participated in the 2nd Andros on Foot Festival

LIFE Andros Park participated in the 2nd Andros on Foot Festival. On October 15, Dr. Elias Polemis (Agricultural University of Athens) accompanied the hikers on the Apikia-Pithara waterfall-Katakalei-Vourkoti route, guiding them to the plant and mushroom world along the route. The occasion for the participation was the crossing of an area with alder clusters, a habitat for which the project implements conservation actions on the island. On October 16, the festival’s day started with a visit to the Agadaki estate at Apikia, where Dr. Panagiotis Trigas (Agricultural University of Athens) guided the participants to the project's Botanic Garden, as well as the project’s alder nursery, while the tower (traditional mansion) and the estate were presented by Mrs Eirini Dabasi of the Kaireios Library. October 5, 2019 We followed the path…
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