GONHS Election Wish List

GONHS has released their wish list for the upcoming general election on 17th October.

Climate Change

* Immediate action towards carbon neutrality, in accordance with the Climate Emergency declaration.

* The aims of the Coalition for Climate Action to be acted upon, with fully-effective policies on transport, development, energy, pollution and waste.

 

Biodiversity

* Assessment of biodiversity loss in the Gibraltar Nature Reserve, with management measures to halt this.

* Assessment of remaining green sites that lie outside the Gibraltar Nature Reserve, with quantification of the proportion of Gibraltar’s biodiversity held outside the Gibraltar Nature Reserve and effective measures to conserve these species.

* Preservation and enhancement of The Mount’s mature woodland habitat in a fully natural state, respecting all structures and features.

* An effective biodiversity action plan to reverse biodiversity loss at North Front Cemetery - the only remaining vestige of rich isthmus habitat - in a manner that is commensurate with its use as a cemetery by the community.

* Effective control and removal of feral cats from the Gibraltar Nature Reserve, as these pose a serious threat to native wildlife including Barbary Partridges.

 

The Upper Rock

* Improvement of signage and interpretation in the Gibraltar Nature Reserve.

* Information booklets on wildlife and heritage for visitors.

* Wardens to enforce wildlife laws, including the illegal feeding of Barbary Macaques.

 

The Sea

* Greater enforcement of conservation laws at sea.

* Protection of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna under the schedules of the Nature Protection Act.

* A clear target for the prompt completion of the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

* Increase minimum distance from the shore for ships at anchor.

 

Planning & the Urban Environment

* Tree Preservation Orders for all trees that are known to hold regular roosts of birds.

* Smart and sensitive lighting in all areas that are used as habitat by bats and nocturnal birds, and removal of unnecessary lighting where this is not necessary, further helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

* The adoption as Town Planning Policy of avoidance measures to avoid collision by birds against glass balconies and buildings.

* Greater emphasis on natural green roofs, even when solar panels are installed.

* Continued greening of urban zones including street planting, and strategies such as nest boxes to encourage urban wildlife.

Eurobirdwatch 2019 a success

Eurobirdwatch 2019 a success

Over 500 participants attended a successful Eurobirdwatch 2019.  With groups at Jews' Gate, Commonwealth Park and at Europa Point in the afternoon.

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GONHS Election Wish List

GONHS Election Wish List

GONHS has released their wish list for the upcoming general election on 17th October.

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Invertebrate Safari Outing

Invertebrate Safari Outing

Our September outing, which took place on the 14th, was an Invertebrate Safari around the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, led by Invertebrates Section head Dr Rhian Guillem.

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International Bat Night 2019

International Bat Night 2019

The 12th International Bat Night was held on the 28th August at the John Mackintosh Hall, which proved to be a great sucess.

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GONHS Supports Parents For Future - Climate Strike Petition

GONHS Supports Parents For Future - Climate Strike Petition

GONHS is supporting the Parents For Future - Climate Strike Petition.

This Petition urges the Government of Gibraltar to urgently address Gibraltar’s Carbon responsibilities in order to meet its declared Climate Emergency Pledge. We call for a totally independent Climate Body, funded and tasked to roll out a cross-party supported agenda, set in a time frame that legally binds all future administrations.

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Brazo del Este & Guadalquivir Marshes Outing

Brazo del Este & Guadalquivir Marshes Outing

On Sat 13th April, we arrived at the Brazo del Este at around 7am, having left Gibraltar at 4:30.  It was still dark, but the growing sound of birds told us that the sun would rise soon. 

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Plants of the Upper Rock Outing

Plants of the Upper Rock Outing

This outing, which took place on Saturday the 30th March was originally planned to cover Mediterranean Steps but, due to gale force levanter wind, we decided to avoid the east side and concentrate on the more sheltered west side of the Rock.

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La Janda Outing

La Janda Outing

The outing to La Janda on Saturday 16th February was productive despite the very strong winds.

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