GONHS visits Notre Dame First School

In the latest in a series of visits to local schools, GONHS Raptor Unit’s section head, Vincent Robba, visited Notre Dame First School.

The star of the visit was undoubtedly the huge Eagle Owl, which often accompanies Vincent as an ‘avian ambassador’, whilst he explained how these owls hunt and the special aspects of their biology. This owl and other birds of prey are regularly used for educational purposes, to show children what it is that we are protecting. 

Vincent Robba from the Raptor Rehabilitation Unit

Vincent Robba from the Raptor Rehabilitation Unit

Vincent showing the teacher how to hold the Eagle Owl

Vincent showing the teacher how to hold the Eagle Owl

Vincent’s talk outlined the role that the GONHS Raptor Unit plays in Gibraltar, particularly its dedicated work with the rehabilitation of injured and downed raptors.  He also provided information on raptor migration over Gibraltar and across the Strait, providing exciting visuals to illustrate this.  Gibraltar has a breeding and wintering population of other birds of prey, such as the Peregrine Falcon, Lesser and Common Kestrels, Tawny and Little Owls.  These were also described as part of the talk.

 

Raptors play a key role in nature but also face threats throughout Europe and further afield, including habitat loss, poisoning and indiscriminate hunting. Local threats include downing and even predation (of Sparrowhawks in particular) by Yellow-legged Gulls, as well as collision with structures such as glass balconies, which most notably affects our Common Kestrels, a quite urban species that often become trapped behind the glass.

 

Kestrel Flies Again

Kestrel Flies Again

The Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GONHS)
 
Press Release
4 December 2019

On the 25 October 2019 a female Common Kestrel was brought ashore at the Port of Gibraltar from the visiting cruise ship P&O Arcadia. It had been seeking refuge on one of the ship’s decks after the vessel had sailed through bad weather in the Strait of Gibraltar.
 
The bird was found by one of the passengers on board and was seen to be suffering from starvation and in an extremely weak condition.
 
It was originally handed in to staff at the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park, which in turn handed it over to the GONHS Raptor Unit, which continued with its care and rehabilitation.
 
The Kestrel spent a month at the rehabilitation centre and was released on the 25th November after recovering fully from its ordeal.

Read more

Bryophytes & Lichens Outing

Bryophytes & Lichens Outing

The Bryophytes and lichens outing took place on Saturday 16th November, with a cold 9˚C start to the morning.  This however did not stop the eager few who attended.

Read more

GONHS visits Notre Dame First School

GONHS visits Notre Dame First School

In the latest in a series of visits to local schools, GONHS Raptor Unit’s section head, Vincent Robba, visited Notre Dame First School.

Read more

Gibraltar Bird Report 2018  online

Gibraltar Bird Report 2018 online

Welcome to the 2018 issue of the Gibraltar Bird Report.

Read more

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.

Read more

GONHS Election Wish List

GONHS Election Wish List

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

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

Join Us

Under 18

Under 18

£10

Adults

Adults

£25

Family

Family

£35

Business

Business

£500

Donation

Donation

£--

  • Bird Life International Logo
  • BTO Logo
  • UKOTCF
  • University Of Gibraltar Logo
  • IUCN Member Logo
  • Bat Life Europe Logo