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Documentary – Following the course of water on Andros Island

In the frame of the project, a documentary was produced. Following the course of water from the mountains of the island, through the rivers and ravines to the sea, the nature of Andros Islan, the alder forests, the Mediterranean monk seal and the seabirds, as well as the actions of the project for their protection, are presented. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw1qOYLS99I[/embed] Director: Panos Karkanevatos Production Manager: Margarita Tzali Post Production Technical Support: Yiannis Ntaridis Sound: Silas Michalakas B Camera: Dimitris Asimakis Color Correction: Manthos Sardis Graphics Designer: Yorgos Koulouris 2020 - NCC/ VERGI FILM PRODUCTIONS
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Co-funding by Green Fund 2022

For the fourth consecutive year, the project receives co-financing from the Green Fund for the implementation of the actions of MOm / Hellenic Society for the study and protection of the Monk Seal within the framework of its Funding Program “EUROPEAN LIFE PROGRAM 2022”.
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Inauguration of the Botanic Garden

On Saturday, May 28, 2022, the Botanic Garden of Andros, which was created in the framework of the LIFE Andros Park project, was inaugurated. The Garden is part of the Agadaki Estate (Kaireios Library) located in the village of Apatouria, close to Apoikia. The Agadaki Estate covers an area of ​​about 2 acres and includes an old tower house and an olive mill, which have been completely restored, as well as 11 main terraces which reach the nearby river of constant flow. The terraces are full of old olive trees, citrus and various other fruit trees. Based on the plans made by the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) in collaboration with the Kaireios Library, the Estate was adapted into a Botanic Garden, which hosts more than 150 species of plants…
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The Mushroom Garden at the Agadaki Estate has been completed…

Last December, several tree trunks,  previously been inoculated with various species of mushrooms in the Laboratory of General and Agricultural Microbiology of the AUA, were placed in the Botanical Garden (Agadaki Estate, Kairios Library). After several months in the Laboratory to satisfactorily incubate the fungi in the wood, the time has come for them to be transferred to their permanent position, as exhibits of the Botanical Garden to form part of the “mushroom garden” under preparation! Among the species settled in the Botanical Garden are some very well-known, popular, edible or pharmaceutical species, such as Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), Ganoderma (Ganoderma lucidum and G. resinaceum), the Hoof fungus (Fomes fomentarius), the pharmaceutical Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor) and the wood-borne fungus Abortiporus biennis. All above species have been found to grow…
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Alders at Trichonida Lake

The restoration activities in alder stands of Andros performed in the frame of the project did not go unnoticed! In several cases, citizens or stakeholders expressed their interest to apply the methodology developed and used in the project to produce and grow alder seedlings with the purpose of restoring degraded/destroyed alder stands in various localities. One of them concerned the Pantanassa-Mandanissa village lying at the shores of the Trichonida lake at Aitoloakarnania (W. Greece); the local Cultural Society "Pygmaios Trichonios" expressed the interest to restore one of the alder stands at the Trichonida lake. In July 2020, the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA, Laboratories of General and Agricultural Microbiology and Systematic Botany) project team responded by providing guidance and alder seedlings inoculated by associated microorganisms. These seedlings are growing well…
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Alder forests, an article in the annual magazine of Andros EVANDROS

In the sixth issue of the annual magazine of Andros EVANDROS the alder forests of Andros were presented. ALDER A northern european in the Cyclades A tree that is quite common in Central and Northern Europe which, even though in the olden days it covered large flooded areas, now it is found mainly along river banks. Ιt arrived in Andros by land when it was still attached to the mainland and it survived mainly due to the plentiful water of the island. Andros is the southernmost part of the Balkans where one can find it forming small clusters along streams, but also small forests, like in Vori. Well known in Northern lands, it has been linked to several myths and prejudices: it was the favourite tree of the druids and…
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Opening of the Botanical Garden and the thematic exhibition

On the 3th of July, the Botanical Garden at the Agadaki Estate of the Kaireios Library reopened and will operate on a daily basis until the end of October 2021. This year the Agadaki Estate Tower hosts a thematic exhibition entitled "Plants and mushrooms of the alder clusters". In nine posters, the alder tree, the plants and mushrooms found under alder trees in ravines of Andros and recorded during the implementation of the LIFE Andros Park project, as well as the symbiotic relationships developed between alder and microorganisms are presented. The exhibition is organized by the Kaireios Library, the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), the NCC and the Municipality of Andros. The scientific curation of the exhibition on behalf of the GPA was carried out by Dr. Elias Polemis, Associate…
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The Mushroom garden at the Agadaki Estate (Kaireios Library)

Take a stroll at the mushroom garden that has been created at the Agadaki estate of the Kaireios Library in the frame of LIFE Andros Park project and discover the impressive permanent residents of the estate, but also the mushrooms that were transferred from the alder forests of Andros Island and have been established at the estate. Soon the estate will be open for the public again on fixed days and hours and you will be able to visit the mushroom garden! Read here!
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Co-funding by Green Fund 2021

For the third consecutive year, the project receives co-financing from the Green Fund for the implementation of the actions of MOm / Hellenic Society for the study and protection of the Monk Seal within the framework of its Funding Program “EUROPEAN LIFE PROGRAM 2021”.
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Seabird colony monitoring

A field visit was carried out in May at the two largest colonies of the Mediterranean Shag and the Auduin’s Gull in the broader area of Andros Island in order to monitor the reproduction of the two species. The Mediterranean Shags have already raised their chicks, most of which have abandoned their nests and were observed in the surrounding area, while the Audouin’s Gulls have nested in their colony, as in previous years, and have begun incubating their eggs. [envira-gallery id="1471"]
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