Invitation to the Cleaning of Paraporti Beach, Chora

The Andrion Club, the Port Authority of Andros, the Association of Volunteer Firefighters of Andros - SEDA, the Andros Yacht Club and the team of the LIFE Andros Park project organize and invite you to the cleaning of Paraporti Beach in Chora. The beach cleaning will take place on Sunday 24 March at 11.00. Meeting point will be the "The Rock" canteen. The participants will be informed about the value of the wetland in Paraporti, by the LIFE project team, followed by the beach cleaning and the parallel information on marine litter and the ways we can help to tackle this problem, by the Andros Port Authority and the LIFE project team. After the cleaning, SEDA will present to the participants its fire brigade and inform them on volunteering. It…
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Beach cleaning at Achla and Ateni beaches and invitation to participate in the cleanings

One of the project’s actions is the regular cleaning of the beaches of our island. On 22 February, the local project team visited Achla beach and on March 1 Ateni beach for this purpose. The beaches were cleaned of plastics and other wastes in the context of project actions aiming to improve the Mediterranean Monk Seal, Mediterranean Shag and Audouin’s Gull habitats, as well as to systematically record plastic and microplastic in the sea and the coasts of Andros. In this effort we want you with us. If you are interested in participating or co-organizing in your region a beach cleaning please express your interest through sending an email here: lifeandrospark@gmail.com The cleaning of selected beaches and recording of plastic and microplastic will continue throughout the project.
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Mask making workshop – Happy seabirds and Mediterranean Monk Seals on Andros Island

On the weekend of March 2-3, masks were made in collaboration with the Andrion Club in Chora and the Parent and guardian club of the primary school of Gavrio. In total, 60 children participated, learned about the marine species for which the project implements actions on Andros Island. They masked into Audouin’s Gulls, Mediterranean Shags and Mediterranean Monk Seals, imitated their voices and painted their islets, as they would like them to be. Apart from nests, trees, caves and beaches, on their islets there was plenty of food, fish and octopuses, but also sea horses, sea urchins and mermaids. For the needs of the workshops, educational material for the Mediterranean Monk Seal of MOm, for seabirds of the Hellenic Ornithological Society and of the LIFE SIMARINE-NATURA project was utilized. Workshop…
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Mask making workshop

The weekend 2-3 March 2019, the project team in collaboration with the Andrion Club and the Parent and guardian club of the primary school of Gavrio, organizes mask making workshops at Chora of Andros and Gavrio. In the workshop, the children will make masks and will be informed by special scientists about the Mediterranean monk seal and the seabirds of Andros.    
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Participation in the 1st meeting of the Management Body of the Protected Areas of Cyclades with stakeholders

Representatives of the LIFE Andros Park project participated in the first meeting with stakeholders held by the newly established Management Body of the Protected Areas of Cyclades on the 2nd of February in Athens. The meeting was one of the Management Body’s first moves, highlighting its intention for collaboration with stakeholders that are already active in the protection and management of the Natura 2000 sites of Cyclades. The meeting was attended by members of the Management Body’s Board, representatives of stakeholders active in the protection of the environment and the implementation of actions and projects within protected areas of Cyclades, most of which were or are involved in the implementation of LIFE projects in Cyclades, as well as by representative of the team that will undertake the elaboration of the…
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Beach cleaning at Vori bay

In 18 January 2019, in the framework of the project LIFE Andros Park, the local team visited the beach of Vori, in order to clean the beach of plastics and other marine debris, for the improvement of the habitat of the Mediterranean Monk Seal, the Mediterranean Shag and the Audouin’s Gull, as well as for the systematic recording of plastic and microplastic found at coasts of Andros island. Plastics and other waste debris of estimated weight of about 250 kg, were removed from the beach. Furthermore, sampling for the estimation of the quantities of plastic and microplastic at the beach carried out. The cleaning of selected beaches and recording of plastics and microplastics will continues throughout the project.
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Visit to the marine caves of Andros island

Researchers of MOm visited all the marine caves, shelters of the Mediterranean Monk Seal, at the project area in January. They checked the automated infrared cameras that have been installed and collected the necessary scientific data. The field work was carried out with the coordinated action of the MOm and the Municipality of Andros teams, for whose needs the Municipality's vessel "Calypso" was used. The important collected data are already being analysed, in order to be used for the completion of the report on the status of the Mediterranean Monk Seal’s habitat in the broader area of Andros Island.
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A meeting, at Vori, on the interventions at the alder forests

On 9th of December, a meeting with residents and land owners was held in the area of Vori, in order to inform them on the activities that will take place at the riparian-alluvial alder forests found at Vori and Lefka, following the previous information meeting held in Arni in July. A detailed discussion and exchange of views, on how the planned interventions are going to be implemented - with the involvement of residents and local stakeholders - was carried out, in order to maximize the expected benefits and the positive impacts of the project.
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Thematic newsletter: Mushrooms related to alders in Andros island

Being either saprotrophs that decompose dead wood and leaf-litter, or mutualistic partners forming symbiotic relationships with alders, the fungi related to alders are important for the equilibrium of natural ecosystems, while they constitute a unique part of the biodiversity of this endangered habitat. In this thematic newsletter you are invited to follow the experts in their search and collection of mushrooms, that took place last month and learn interesting facts on the species they spotted. Newsletter
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Collection of alder’s symbiotis fungus

Project experts visited the priority habitats at Vori and Evroussies at 23-25/11/2018 for collecting mushrooms formed by ectomycorrhizal fungi of alder trees. Paxillus cf. rubicundulus mushrooms were located and collected at the stone-build bridge of Vourkoti. Suspensions containing mushroom fragments were prepared and applied to the roots of alder plantlets maintained at Agadaki Estate. The alder and their ectomycorrhizal fungi develop a very interesting symbiotic relationship, through which both parties benefit. The fungus facilitates the alder at absorbing nutrients from the soil, while in return, it receives organic compounds formed by the alder through photosynthesis.
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