Dumping at the Europa Foreshore

The Europa Foreshore is a designated part of the Gibraltar Nature Reserve.  Bart Van Thienen has been working in this area in collaboration with GONHS for the last five years clearing the area of rubble and waste, and clearing invasive species of plants such as the Prickly Pear Opuntia ficus-indica, the Hottentot Fig Carpobrotus edulis and the Century plant Agave americana.  He has done a great job in restoring the area to a natural surrounding, and has begun to restore the Gibraltar Sea Lavender Limonium emarginatum, by planting seedlings in various areas within the site.

Unfortunately a few weeks ago rubble from one of the tunnels in the area was dumped within the Reserve in areas that Mr. Van Thienen had already cleared.  GONHS was unaware of these works as was the Department of the Environment.  The works were carried out as part of the Europa Sports development taking place at Europa Point.  Obviously Mr. Van Thienen was taken aback, and informed the Department of the Environment and GONHS.  These works, carried out by the Sports Ministry, had not had prior consultation with stakeholders, and the result was a unacceptable.  If consultation had taken place, then infrastructure would had been placed to remove the rubble immediately it had been extracted from the tunnel.  Rubbish has also accumulated there as well.

 

Rubble mounds outside the tunnel entrance.  GONHS photos.                                              

 At present the rubble mounds are still in place but the Ministry for the Environment has assured all stakeholders that it will be removed as soon as possible.

Myrtle or Yellow-rumped Warbler

Myrtle or Yellow-rumped Warbler

Myrtle Warbler, Setophaga coronata, also known as a Yellow-rumped Warbler, was reported by Luis Lopez from the Europa Point area, with a video and a photograph posted by Manuel Morales Holgado,  on the WhatsApp group 'Aves Estrecho Gibraltar' on February 27th

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Bird List and Bird Report changes

Bird List and Bird Report changes

 Contains updated Bird List and Gibraltar Bird Report Progress, together with Spring 2020 Raptor Totals.

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Eurobirdwatch 2020

Eurobirdwatch 2020

This year’s celebration of BirdLife International’s ‘EuroBirdwatch’ was a quieter affair than in previous years. 

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Gibraltar Bird Report 2019 online

Gibraltar Bird Report 2019 online

Welcome to the 2019 issue of the Gibraltar Bird Report.

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GONHS Marine Bioblitz at Sandy Bay

GONHS Marine Bioblitz at Sandy Bay

The prime objective of our first marine bioblitz was to engage the public in a citizen science initiative which also served to raise understanding of the dynamic coastline we have in Gibraltar.

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Griffon Release

Griffon Release

Last week, the GONHS Raptor Rescue Unit released a wild Griffon Vulture that had been brought down by Yellow-legged Gulls on the 5th June.  The bird had landed on a cliff in the South District and was being mobbed by gulls. 

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GONHS AGM & Outings Postponed

GONHS AGM & Outings Postponed

GONHS is committed to the health and well-being of its membership. The GONHS AGM scheduled for the 25th March has therefore been postponed until further notice, due to the current situation regarding coronavirus COVID-19.

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Wintering Seabird Outing

Wintering Seabird Outing

An enjoyable Wintering Seabird Outing held at Europa Point on the afternoon of the 19th January 2020 was well attended with about eighteen keen birders and photographers at the site.

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