Two-tailed Pashas at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

This summer the Botanic Gardens have installed a number of butterfly feeding tables, which have been a great success.  

The tables are supplied with succulent, mature, cut fruit, and butterflies love to drink the juices as the fruits begin to ferment.  In particular, Two-tailed pashas Charaxes jasius, are the most prolific of species, with many coming to feed in the mornings and early afternoons.  They are sometimes joined by Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria, butterflies and on occasions the Monarch butterfly.  Also wasps and beetles are attracted to the table.  Its been a great success with the public and tourists alike, who are seen taking photos of the aggregation of butterflies at the table.  Behind we can see orange flowers of the Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, the foodplant of the Monarch butterfly.  You may be lucky to see the Monarch caterpillars, in their yellow and black colouration, and their striking horns, feeding on the leaves of this plant.  Also behind this table are the blue flowers of the Heliotrope, a sweet scented favourite of other species of butterflies, such as the Small White Pieris rapae, the Andalusian Blue, Polyommatus celina, and the Geranium Bronze butterfly Cacyreus marshalli.

 

Please come to the gardens to enjoy the profusion of butterfly species and take some nice photographs.

Hassan Centenary Terraces - Joint Statement from the 3 NGOs represented on DPC

Hassan Centenary Terraces - Joint Statement from the 3 NGOs represented on DPC

 The following statement was read out by GONHS General Secretary, Dr Keith Bensusan at the meeting of the Development and Planning Commission on 1th February 2019:

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Purple Sandpiper rescued

Purple Sandpiper rescued

A Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) was rescued from Sandy Bay beach  after being found entangled in discarded fishing line. 

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Wintering Seabirds Outing

Wintering Seabirds Outing

Our first outing of the year took place on Saturday 19th January at Harding's Observation Post, Europa Point.

Despite the forecast, the rain held off for the most part but the dark clouds and offshore breeze were not conducive to a great afternoon's birding.

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EuroBirdwatch 2018

EuroBirdwatch 2018

GONHS celebrated the 25th EuroBirdwatch last weekend, a Europe-wide event organised by BirdLife International to highlight bird migration and conservation.  The event has been celebrated in Gibraltar every year since 1993, when it began.  

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GONHS at BirdFair

GONHS at BirdFair

The Society was represented by our hard-working council member Jill Yeoman, at the Bird Fair held at Egleton Nature Reserve at Rutland Water, Oakham from the 17th - 19th August. 

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Rare Plants of Inglis Way

Rare Plants of Inglis Way

By this time of the year (June) many plant species on the Rock are already going to seed and everything seems to be drying up, but there are still some interesting plants which are fully in bloom. A number of these can be found along Inglis Way, and some only here and nowhere else in the Upper Rock.

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Sierra Crestellina Outing

Sierra Crestellina Outing

April's GONHS outing took place at the beautiful mountains of Sierra Crestellina, near the town of Casares, Spain.

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Brazo del Este Outing

Brazo del Este Outing

May's GONHS outing took place last weekend on a birding bonanza to Brazo del Este, Seville.  Those who attended were in for a treat!

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