How did the Cyprus freshwater blenny disappear?

The Cyprus freshwater blenny (Salariopsis [Salaria] cf. fluviatilis) is the only known native freshwater-dwelling fish species ever documented from Cyprus. The species S. fluviatilis is relatively widespread across the Mediterranean thanks to its ancestral species being of marine origin, and following the end of the Messinian salinity crisis approximately 5 million years ago, they went […]

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Grant call for freshwater conservation projects in Borneo

We are thrilled to announce that we are currently offering a small grant of £500 to conservation projects working with species/habitats in Borneo! The deadline for applications is 31st October 2023. For further information or to apply, visit freshwaterlifeproject.org/funding/apply-for-a-grant

Reforestation project in Limassol thriving thanks to volunteers!

This month, thanks to the determination of a group of good-hearted volunteers, a previously scorched, and now reforested hillside and river bank along the upper Amathos River in Arakapas, Cyprus, was able to receive crucial irrigation as part of a reforestation project initiated in October 2022. The project, which was completed by Freshwater Life Project […]

FLP completes first phase of search for freshwater blenny in Cyprus using eDNA!

Following on from a decade of sampling across most of the island of Cyprus, in October 2022, the Freshwater Life Project team successfully completed stage 1 of their eDNA search to find the Cyprus freshwater blenny, a bottom-dwelling river species last seen in 1909, and determine if it still exists on the island. The first […]

A lifeline for the Lake Acıgöl killifish. Fighting to stop an extinction before it’s too late

Last month, the Freshwater Life Project steering committee, voted unanimously in favour of supporting a project to help prevent the inevitable extinction of a critically endangered killifish from Turkey. The funding provided, enabled a team of researchers at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, to establish the very first captive-breeding population of the critically endangered Lake […]

Conservation grant awarded to Mexican Killifish breeding program

This week, a Killifish conservation initiative based in Oaxaca, Mexico, received a £500 grant from Freshwater Life Project for the purpose of reproducing a new species of killifish in captivity as part of a conservation program. The Endemic Killifish Conservation Initiative “Rescando a Profundulus oaxacae“ run by program manager Victor Manuel Ortiz Cruz, has previously […]

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Islington’s Caledonian Park welcomes a new wildlife pond and wildflower area!

The beginning of July 2022 saw the long-awaited commencement of a new wildlife pond-build with a wildflower area in Caledonian Park in the North London borough of Islington. The project, which was co-funded by Islington Council, the nature conservation charity Freshwater Life Project, and the Caledonian Park Friends Group, has been waiting in the wings […]

Freshwater Life Project welcomes two new trustees!

“As we steadily approach the halfway mark in 2022, we proudly report significant progress across all of our projects, with major milestones having been achieved as a result of hard work, sacrifice, and persistence over the last two years whilst we battled through the global pandemic. It is a time of positivity for FLP and […]

Edible London get a new wildlife pond at Harmony Gardens!

The Build! This week we were very pleased to finally get to work with our good friends over at Edible London to install a brand new wildlife pond and wildflower bank in their community food growing space in North London’s Harmony Gardens, part of Haringey’s Lordship Recreation Grounds on Broadwater Farm Estate in Tottenham. From […]

Gospel Oak springs to life with new community wildlife pond and wildflower bed

This weekend, members of the London-based freshwater conservation charity Freshwater Life Project came together with local people and community organizations in Camden’s Gospel Oak to build a community wildlife pond with a wildflower bed with the aim of making a small contribution toward improving biodiversity in the city, and to serve as both a feature […]