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20th Mar New Plant Species for Gibraltar
18th Feb Great Gibraltar Beach Clean-up
04th June Satellite Tracking Programme
Satellite Tracking Programme
GONHS and The Department of the Environment have launched a satellite tracking programme that will involve the fitting of lightweight GPS satellite transmitters to large birds of prey. The first candidate, a Griffon Vulture named ‘Harry’, rescued from the sea by the Royal Gibraltar Police, on the 30th April, was kept at the Raptor Rehabilitation Centre, until it had recovered fully. It was then fitted with the transmitter, with the help of the Veterinary Clinic, and also fitted with wing tags with the letters KX. The release, held on Sunday the 4th June, to coincide with World Environment Day, went well, and the bird flew strongly away from the waiting Yellow-legged Gulls, and proceeded north into Spain, where its movements will be monitored. Over the coming months, detailswill be posted on the GONHS website, and the Department of the Environment’s ‘Thinking Green’ website.
Griffon Vulture KX ready for take-off. Photo A. Yome.
The Griffon Vulture KX on its way north.. Photo A. Yome.
New Plant Species for Gibraltar
The discovery of a new species of flowering plant in Gibraltar, is not a common occurrence. Our botanical expert, Mr. Leslie Linares, had surveyed most of the areas in Gibraltar, and had recorded a total of 666 species so far. Yet last year, a survey along the edges of the runway, which had never been surveyed, produced three new species, and included the False-Fox-sedge Carex cuprina, Purple Spurge Euphorbia peplis and Shiny Grass Triplanche nitens. This area has a boundary, adjacent to the Sports Ground, with a culvert filled with brackish water. Along its bank, several marsh loving species have been found thriving here, and nowhere else in Gibraltar.
This year, during a survey of the Mount gardens, looking for mosses and liverworts, Leslie Linares and Michael Grech, stumbled upon several specimens of the Naples Garlic, Allium neapolitanum, on the lawn of the Mount.
This species is found throughout the Mediterranean region, on dry grassy and stony places, and in cultivated margins and fallow ground. It is a bulbous perennial with spherical bulbs, with a tall stem from 15 to 50cm, with bright white, cup-shaped or starry flowers. It mainly flowers from March to April, with some appearing slightly earlier or later depending on climatic conditions during that year.
The Naples Garlic Allium neapolitanum, in the Mount gardens. Photo Leslie Linares.
Great Gibraltar Beach Clean-up
The first Great Gibraltar Beach Clean-up event took place on Saturday 18th Febuary at Rosia Bay. A small team of volunteers, which included GONHS members, headed by The Nautilus Project founder Lewis Stagnetto, spent the morning clearing up any rubbish found on the beach and rocky shoreline. Most of the litter cleared consisted of polystyrene, plastic bottles, tin cans, bottle tops and wet wipes, but fishing line and even fishing hooks were found.
Rhian Guillem, busy collecting debris from the tideline.
A small sample of the debris recovered from the beach.
The clean-up is in line with Sky’s latest campaign ‘Ocean Rescue’ to clean up the World’s oceans and beaches. The oceans are currently littered with man-made waste, predominantly plastics, which don’t decompose. Instead, they break into tiny fragments which are consumed by marine life and sea birds. Plastic impacts the entire ecosystem and has a direct impact on our health, acting as a sponge for toxins which can end up in our food chain. It is estimated that every minute, the equivalent of a rubbish truck load of plastic goes in to our oceans. If this continues, by 2050 all the plastic in the ocean could weigh more than all the fish.
One of several Salps washed up on the shoreline. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salp
Part of the clean-up team: Albert Yome, Melanie Soiza-Stagnetto, Lewis Stagnetto, Rhian Guillem, and Keith Bensusan. Also present was Tommy Finlayson, busy taking the photo
The Nautilus Project aims to improve awareness about environmental issues relating to the marine environment. The event was organised in conjunction with GONHS and will become a reoccurring event, cleaning and removing rubbish from Gibraltar’s beaches on a regular basis and anyone is invited to help out. More information can be found on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/nautilusproject.
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12th May: GONHS receives Independant Civil Society Award
27th Apr: Protected Views Gibraltar
GONHS receives Independent Civil Society Award
GONHS one of the nominees for this year’s Independent Civil Society Awards, for their roles in the advancement of civil rights and shaping modern Gibraltar.
The ceremony, which was held at the Gibraltar Garrison Library, saw the Equality Rights Group Chairman Felix Alvarez, and Unite the Union Gibraltar Regional Officer Victor Ochello, jointly presenting the awards.
The award, which was received on behalf of GONHS by Council member Albert Yome, recognises the role of the Society in the protection and conservation of nature and the environment for future generations of Gibraltarians.
Albert Yome receiving the award from Felix Alvarez, Chairman of the Equality Rights Group
The plaque states ‘ In sincere appreciation for the nurturing of the beauty and the natural habitatof the Rock of Gibraltar and its place in the welfare of its People, both through the establishment of services for the enjoyment and benefit of all, but also in its continious monitoring, development and care of the many species that make up the rich diversity that compose this habitat and community we call Gibraltar.
For this and for so much more, we thank and honour GONHS in playing such an important part in the eco-structure of Gibraltarian Civil Society.”
Protected Views Gibraltar
The Gibraltar Heritage Trust, in collaboration with the Environmental Safety Group and GONHS has today published a draft document entitled Protected Views Gibraltar. This document has been formulated with a view of protecting iconic landscapes and views of historic buildings of architectural importance, structures and scenic landscape views that form part of our environmental and cultural heritage.
The document has been modelled around the St Paul's Cathedral policy that has been in force since 1938, the principles which have been adopted in similar models in other metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom, with similar models in use in other developed countries.
By way of illustration, the document bases itself on a case study of the Moorish Castle, but includes a list of other potential zones and structures for consideration in Appendix B.
This draft document has already been presented to Government for initial views and we now put it out to public consultation and comment with a view to formally submitting it to the DPC as a casestudy and framework for protecting key views and vistas.
The document is available for download at http://gibraltarheritagetrust.org.gi/knowledge/resource-documents, with comments gratefully received at mailto: email@example.com
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