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.

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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African Chaffinch recorded again in Gibraltar.

African Chaffinch recorded again in Gibraltar.

An African Chaffinch was present in the Nature Reserve at the end of last month.  The bird, an African subspecies of the nominate race of European Chaffinch, found in north Africa, has rarely been recorded in Europe.

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Gibraltar Swallow found in Angola

Gibraltar Swallow found in Angola

A Barn Swallow, ringed at the Field Centre at Jews' Gate, was found in Chibia, Angola.  The Swallow, ringed on the 16th October 2017, flew into the window of a house in the town of Chibia in Angola on the 20th March 2018.

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Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring is now well underway, and with it comes a spectacular display of flowering plants on the Rock.

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Hawk and Owl Rescued and Released

Hawk and Owl Rescued and Released

With the Spring passage in full flight (pun not intended), our Raptor Unit has been kept very busy over the past few weeks.

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La Janda Outing

La Janda Outing

It was a glorious day as we set off towards La Janda a convoy of 4 cars with 12 eager birders and hopeful photographers.

First stop was breakfast at the convenient last stop Apollo X1  Venta before the huge expanse of flooded rice fields and ditches that was our destination.

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