Biotope Aquarium Demo | Sat 20th April 19 | Melksham

Location:  Maidenhead Aquatics, Leekes Beanacre Park, Wiltshire, Melksham SN12 8AG Time: Doors open at 9am Fee:  FREE Information:  Maidenhead Aquatics at Melksham will once again host Chris Englezou to conduct a live recreation of a wild habitat from nature in a biotope-correct aquarium; a spectacle not to be missed.

Rebecca goes backstage at the National History Museum | That sucks!

In the run up to Christmas, while everyone else was doing christmassy things like shopping for last minute gifts or buying delicious food for the table, Rebecca Bentley, a volunteer studying molecular and morphological phylogeny of armoured catfishes was rummaging through the fish collection at London’s Natural History Museum in search of Loricariidae, the fancy […]

A critically endangered freshwater mussel from Cyprus?

Over the last five years or so as Freshwater Life Project has begun to implement our long term aim to assess the viability and initiate our program for re-introduction of Salaria fluviatilis to Cyprus, I’ve had a great deal of time to study and understand not only the implications of such a plan, but also about […]

Was the extinct Cypriot Blenny an endemic species?

This year our team have collaborated with the Life Sciences department at the Natural History Museum, London to obtain preserved specimen samples of the Cyprus Freshwater Blenny Salaria fluviatilis and begin the process of trying to determine its phylogenetic origin. Samples of the 110 year old specimens, the only ones in existence, were provided to […]

Could Salaria fluviatilis be reintroduced to Cyprus? | Exploring the feasibility

There are a multitude of factors which impact the possibility of successful re-introduction of Salaria fluviatilis to their former range in Cyprus. An important series of questions that need to be asked are: > can it be achieved? If so, what are the benefits? > should it be achieved? Is it necessary? > what factors will impact […]

Salaria on Cyprus? | A search-find survey

The History In 2013, the first investigations began in hope to determine if the ancient population of the Freshwater Blenny Salaria fluviatilis still remains on Cyprus island. The history goes all the way back to 1909 with the culmination of a 4-5 year search resulting in the discovery of the species in just a handful […]

A farmer caught illegally uprooting a road to channel run-off into Akrotiri Lake in 2016

The three habitats of the Cyprus Killifish | Anthropogenic threats

The Cyprus Killifish is now known from three localities on Cyprus island. The research of our team members and their associated institutions has highlighted various different impacts on the respective habitats of these three populations since 2008 and ten years later can quantify and illustrate ongoing issues and important areas of concern where alternative approaches […]

Charity team discovers new Killifish population in Cyprus!

This year we made a huge milestone achievement and had our very first scientific article published in an academic journal. It not only contributed something significant to ecological research, but allowed us to highlight some important conservation issues for a global audience. Two and a half years after the discovery of the third population of […]

The Cyprus Killifish | 2017-2018 Update | Genetics

In late 2017 the Freshwater Life Project team headed to Cyprus  field research trip to Cyprus Cypriot Killifish project, team members visited all three known localities of the species to collect and preserve samples for genetic analysis; we also used this opportunity to monitor make observations on the status of each habitat Determining and understanding […]

Workshop: Live Biotope Aquarium Demonstration with Chris Englezou

Location:  The Fish Barn, Furlong Farm, Rusper Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 0LN Time: Doors open at 10am Fee:  FREE Information:  As part of The Fish Barns “Discus Day” Chris Englezou has been invited to do a live demonstration of how to set up a discus fish biotope aquarium based on a specific habitat in […]