From May until late August, Green and Loggerhead Turtles visit the shores of Cyprus to lay their eggs. If you are visiting North Cyprus at this time, a visit to the Turtle Project in Alagadi Beach is well worth the effort.
You can either accompany the volunteers on a night visit to the beach to try and see these turtles come ashore to lay eggs – or alternatively pop down to the beach and see the hatchlings being released during the day.
We’ve done both – and although the night watch was unsuccessful in terms of seeing a turtle come ashore, the release day of the hatchlings the next day certainly made up for it.
The Turtle Project is a volunteer-based organisation, made up of students and volunteers with a keen interest in the conservation of turtles in our waters.
If you’d like to find out more, call into their “office” in Alagadi – just follow the signs into the village, past St Kathleen’s restaurant until you come to what you think is a dead-end. The Turtle Project building is signposted from here.
For more information visit www.cyprusturtles.org