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Voroklini Lake

Larnaca  >  Cyprus

Natural brackish wetland of 38 hectares 9 km north of Larnaca. Almost 200 bird species have been recorded here and 30 bird species breed around the lake.

Added by Sharon Brown

Description

Voroklini Lake (also called Oroklini Lake) is a protected Natura 2000 site of Paneuropean significance thanks to the biodiversity of the lake. Voroklini Lake is one of only seven natural wetlands in Cyprus. Despite its small size, it has a rich birdlife. The site is located about 9 km from the city of Larnaka town and south of the village of Voroklini. Several threatened bird species come to nest at the site: Black-winged Stilt, Spur-winged Lapwing, Stone-curlew, Little Tern, Common Tern and Kentish Plover. During migration (in spring or autumn) or in winter many migratory birds and many species of ducks can be seen. A total of around 200 species have been recorded at the site. Voroklini Lake is also the only site in Cyprus where Red-crested Pochard nests. Other birds you can see in the wetland are Greater Flamingo, Cattle Egret, Common Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Ferruginous Duck, Garganey, Little Grebe, Ruff, Snipe, Marsh Sandpiper, Glossy Ibis and Marsh Harrier. On the fields around the lake keep you eyes open for Black Francolin, Laughing Dove, Chukar, Stone-curlew, Cyprus Wheatear and Crested Lark.

Details

Access

From the observation platform at the information kiosk, north of the wetland, visitors have a full view of the wetland's north part, which is also the smallest. From the birdwatching hide south of the wetland visitors can see the largest part of Voroklini Lake which has higher salinity levels than the north part. Here one can see the nesting islets created for Spur-winged Lapwing. Winter and Spring are the best times for such a visit.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Lake

Conditions

Open landscape

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Winter

Route

Paved road, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Links

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Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

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