Sand dunes remind us of formations created in desert environments. In Greece, sand dunes are commonly found on the shorelines of many beaches. A dune is defined as a hill of sand with a specific geoform, built by either wind or water flow.
ARCHELON met Jean-Denis, a 27 year old Belgian traveller who, in September 2014, started a 10 month bicycle trip around Europe. He also become ARCHELON volunteer at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Glyfada for a month, (from 15th of February to the 15th of March 2015). Below you can find his story along with some answers to questions regarding his volunteering period in ARCHELCON.
The members of “Make a wish” in Switzerland contacted ARCHELON in order to fulfill young Noahʼs wish, a big fan of the sea turtles. So, in the summer of 2014 the volunteers and the staff of the Sea Turtle Protection Society helped this fervent wish come true during the program in the gulf of Kyparissia.
The work of the Society is quite extended and it would be impossible to implement without the contribution of the hundreds of volunteers who devote some or the biggest part of their spare time for the protection of sea turtles. These volunteers come from all around the world and offer over 14.000 days of volunteer work for the protection of sea turtles in Greece.
ARCHELON once more is hosting two incredible EVS volunteers who came in Greece in order to help with the protection of sea turtles. As part of EVS (European Voluntary Service in the context of ERASMUS+) programme they get accommodation, food allowance, pocket money, mentoring but also they have the chance to get to know the Greek culture and language and get experience in the rehabilitation of a threatened species. We asked them why they wanted to do EVS programme and why they chose ARCHELONʼs projects as well as to tell us few words on their experience up to now, and this is what they answered. From ARCHELON point of view we would like to thank them for their continuing interest and help of all these months they have stayed in the project.
Some groups of people are very sensitive and want organized to support the work of the Archelon. One such group is employees of the British Embassy in Greece. With gentle encouragement of the British Ambassador H.E John Kittmer employees of the British Embassy, together with their families visited the S.T.R.C on Sunday, October 5, 2014.
ARCHELON had the chance to talk to teachers and inform them about why/how a class field trip to the Rescue Centre in Glyfada would be beneficial to them and their students, and also to show them samples of the free environmental education activities which can be downloaded free from the Teacherʼs Toolbox section of the website.
For three months, “Kostas” was cared and treated in our Rescue Centre and thanks to the help of our dedicated volunteers, who spent their own time to protect this beautiful species.
ARCHELON together with the valuable help of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, released “Kostas” on the 6th of September in front of Louis Zante Beach Hotel (Laganas).
Although the RC often receives reports of Caretta caretta turtles (both healthy and injured) in the Attica area, and even though nests on local beaches are sometimes reported, until now no hatchlings have actually been reported in this area. On Thursday evening, 26 August, a small group of ARCHELON volunteers and supporters, led by RC Co-ordinator Pavlo Tsaros, visited two beaches in the Lavrio area to check on the progress of two reported nests...
Hatching season has begun once more, with Fafni beach being the first to begin in Zakynthos. Although in relative delay compared to Messara Bay in Crete and Kyparissia Bay in Peloponnese, on the night of July 26th 2014, six baby turtle begun their dangerous life journey, following the light of the stars and leaving its traces on the sand as a pleasant surprise for the morning observers of the beach, the ARCHELON morning survey team, working in collaboration with the Management Agent of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos.