New study on Andros’ mushrooms
7 July 2020
A quarter-century of Andros’ mushrooms study reveals the unique richness of alder forests. In total, 106 mushroom species associated with alders were recorded, of which 21 new national records.
Beach cleaning on Andros
14 June 2020
16 groups and entities of Andros organized the cleaning of 4 beaches of the island. In total 112 volunteers participated and collected about 360 kg of marine litter.
Inspection and cleaning of Northern Cyclades marine caves
29 May 2020
A new plant species discovery on Andros
22 May 2020
At the alder habitat at Vourkoti, Dr. Panagiotis Trigas discovered a new-to-science plant species. It is a species of wild onion. Mr. Trigas named it Allium stamatiadae, in honour of the Andriot botanist Elli Mandaraka-Stamatiadou.
Planting of 8,000 alders on Andros Island
26 March 2020
For the second consecutive year, alder saplings were planted in selected riparian sites at Vori and Lefka. In total, 8,000 plants were planted, by the team of the Municipality of Andros
Mediterranean monk seal seminar
6 March 2020
Visit to Mediterranean shag colonies
24 February 2020
The field team checked the reproduction of the species, sampled the presence of plastic in the nests and collected plastic and other debris from the islets.
Visit to select appropriate planting location at Vori
27 January 2020
At the end of January, appropriate location were selected at Vori for the planting of alder seedlings.
30 November 2019
A mushroom tour was held at the area of Arni and Remata by the teams of LIFE Andros Park, Andros Routes and the Cultural Society of Arni. 45 walkers participated, collected mushrooms and were informed on mushrooms, their identification, their importance for biodiversity and the particular relationship of some of them with alders.
The project is the project of the month of the Greek LIFE Task Force
1 November 2019
Participation in the workshop for the networking of the LIFE Nature and Biodiversity projects
23 October 2019
Participation at the meeting organized by the Management Body of Cyclades on Andros Island
21 October 2019
The project team participated presenting the project, as well as the state of the Mediterranean monk seal at the island. The project was presented also in the meetings organized by the Management Body in Tinos, Naxos and Paros.
Participation in the 2nd Andros on Foot Festival
15 October 2019
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. On October 16, the festival’s day started with a visit to the Agadaki estate at Apikia.
2nd newsletter of the project published
12 September 2019
Operation of the information kiosk at Gavrio port during summer months
15 July 2019
Painting exhibition – Thorns and strawflowers
13 July 2019
The creation of a botanical garden by the Kaireios Library in Apatouria, at the property of the mansion Agadaki tower, in collaboration with the Agricultural University of Athens and the LIFE Andros Park project and the publication of the new book of Gianna Andreadis were the link and the occasion for the exhibition.
8,000 alder seedlings transplanted to Agadaki Estate, Andros Island
12 July 2019
4 July 2019
The local project team participated in the beach cleaning that took place in Batsi. On the same day cleanings took place at the beaches of Chora and Korthi.
Release of thematic newsletter – Mediterranean monk seals of Andros Island
1 July 2019
A meeting on the alder forests of Andros Island
11 June 2019
A Saturday of getting acquainted with the plants of Andros Island
11 May 2019
An excursion for the observation of wild plants of Andros Island was organized at the area of Arni and Remata by the teams of LIFE Andros Park and Andros Routes. 41 walkers participated and were informed on alders, the project and discovered the botanical treasures of Andros Island. .
The first phase of tree planting in the alder forests of Andros Island has been completed
8 April 2019
In total 3,000 alder seedlings have been planted by the project team and the clusters were fenced and marked.
Paraporti beach cleaning #Trashtag Challenge
24 March 2019
Despite the cold and windy weather, 50 volunteers cleaned the beach of Paraporti on Sunday with enthusiasm and good spirit. In total more than 400 kg of marine litter was collected.
3 March 2019
March 2-3, mask making workshops were organized in collaboration with the Andrion Club (Chora) and the Parent and guardian club of the Gavrio primary school (Gavrio). 60 children learned, transformed into and imitated the Audouin’s Gull, the Mediterranean Shag, Mediterranean Monk Seal, and had fun.
1 March 2019
The local team carried out beach cleanings at Achla and Ateni beaches on 22 February and 1 March, respectively.
Participation in the 1st meeting of the Management Body of the PA of Cyclades with stakeholders
2 February 2019
Representatives of the LIFE Andros Park project participated in the first meeting of the newly established Management Body of the Protected Areas of Cyclades with stakeholders already active in the protection and management of the Natura 2000 sites of Cyclades.
Visit to the marine caves of Andros island
19 January 2019
Researchers of MOm visited all the marine caves, shelters of the Mediterranean Monk Seal, at the project area in January to check the installed automated cameras and collect data about the species.
Beach cleaning at Vori bay
18 January 2019
Plastics and other waste debris were removed from the beach, while sampling for the estimation of the quantities of plastic and microplastic at the beach was carried out.
The project’s banners are ready
10 January 2019
The alder forests, Audouin’s Gull, the Mediterranean Shag, the Mediterranean Monk Seal and the project’s actions for their protection in a nutshell.
Release of thematic newsletter – Mushrooms related to alders in Andros island
22 December 2018
Meeting at the area of Vori
9 December 2018
A meeting with residents and land owners was held, in order to inform them on the activities that will take place at the alder forests found at Vori and Lefka.
Collection of reprentative plants of local flora
7 December 2018
A large number of different plant species were collected from various areas of Andros, was transferred to the nursery and will remain until their final transplanting in the Botanic Garden.
Collection of mushroom of alder’s symbiotic fungus
25 November 2018
Mushrooms of the alder’s symbiotis fungus Paxillus cf. rubicundulus were collected and suspension was applied to the roots of alder plantlets at Agadaki Estate.
Workshops about fishing tourism and the development of a brand name
15 October 2018
Two technical workshops ,about fishing tourism and the development of a brand name aiming at the promotion of local products , took place in Korthi and Messaria on Andros island.
1st newsletter of the project published
8 October 2018
Informative meeting in Arni
21 July 2018
With the valuable help of the Cultural Association of Arni, named “Evangelistria”, an informative meeting was held at the association’s offices, where the two LIFE programs of Andros were presented to the local stakeholders.
Installation of infrared cameras in sea caves
6 July 2018
Five cameras are currently monitoring the activity in the interior of Andros’ sea caves, used by Mediterranean monk seals for resting and pupping.
Sampling in alder forests
8 June 2018
Collection of soil samples from riparian alder forests for the isolation and identification of symbiotic fungi and bacteria growing of the root system of the trees.
Relocation of alder seedlings to Agadaki Estate
5 June 2018
Transfer of 9.000 seedlings to the nursery prepared in Agadaki Estate for adaptation purposes prior to their planting in the selected sites of the priority habitat.
28 April 2018
Informative event on the project LIFE Andros Park for the community of Andros, took place at the Municipal Theatre of Chora.
Inoculation of seedlings with symbiotic microorganisms
16 March 2018
First large scale sowing of alder seeds
9 March 2018
Setting the basis for the restoration of the alder forests in Andros, the first large scale sowing of seeds took place in specially formed rooms of the Agricultural University of Athens.
23 January 2018
Interviews and a meeting organized as a world café were realized as part of a first round meetings with the island’s stakeholders.
Planning for the Mediterranean Monk Seal
8 January 2018
First meeting with the Spanish organization CBD-Habitat , the team working with Mediterranean monk seals at Cabo Blanco in Mauritania and visit Andros.
Initiation of mushroom and plant collection from alder forests
26 November 2017
Collection of mushrooms and plants related to alder forests for ex-situ conservation.
Mediterranean Shags Nest’s check for plastics & cleaning of islets
25 November 2017
Visit to a Mediterranean Shag colony to examine the existence of plastics in the nests and their removal from them . Plastics found on the islet that hosts the colony were also removed.
Initiation of sampling for microplastics and of beach cleanings
24 November 2017
The first samplings were conducted to assess the abundance of plastic and microplastics in coastal areas, as well as beach cleanings.
Collection of alder seeds
23 November 2017
First field visit for the Mediterranean Monk Seal
10 November 2017
Launch of the project
1 September 2017