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.

Among these are Rampion Campanula rapunculus (rare), St John's Wort Hypericum perforatum (very rare) and Greater Catmint Nepeta tuberosa (very rare). The Rampion in particular has flowered this year in greater numbers than ever before. Also found along the path are the colourful Common Centaury Centaurium erythreaea, the tiny and rare Lesser Centaury Centaurium pulchellum, the striking Perennial Delphinium Delphinium pentagynum and the rare Soft Restharrow Ononis mitissima.

 

Rampion Campanula rapunculus
Rampion Campanula rapunculus
Rampion Campanula rapunculus 2
Rampion Campanula rapunculus, close up of the flowers
Common Centaury Centaurium erythraea
Common Centaury Centaurium erythraea
Lesser Centaury Centaurium pulchellum
Lesser Centaury Centaurium pulchellum
Perennial Delphinium Delphinium pentagynum
Perennial Delphinium Delphinium pentagynum
St Johns Wort Hypericum perforatum
St Johns Wort Hypericum perforatum
Greater Catmint Nepeta tuberosa
Greater Catmint Nepeta tuberosa
Soft Restharrow Ononis mitissima
Soft Restharrow Ononis mitissima

Raptor Rescue

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Sierra De Las Nieves Outing

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Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, 1931-2022

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, 1931-2022

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, 1931-2022

 

GONHS notes with much sadness the passing of Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, Governor of Gibraltar 1993-1995 and Honorary Life Patron of the Society.

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Gibraltar Bird Report 2020

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Welcome to the 2020 issue of the Gibraltar Bird Report.

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Eurobirdwatch 2021

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This year, GONHS once again celebrates bird migration with the rest of the BirdLife family in Europe and Central Asia. Organisations throughout the continent will be participating in the event, which takes place during the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd October.

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Myrtle or Yellow-rumped Warbler

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