GONHS notes that HM Government of Gibraltar (HMGoG) presented its plans to construct a new car park at Grand Parade at the most recent meeting of the Development and Planning Commission. Our organisation has a number of concerns regarding this proposed development, which we outlined at this meeting and in a letter to the Minister for the Environment.
The increase in parking spaces shall inevitably lead to an overall increase in traffic and emissions in an already congested Gibraltar, with the consequent adverse effects to the environment. GOG should instead be looking to encourage the public to drive less and consider either walking or using the bus service, which is free.
Although GONHS accepts that the area is currently covered in tarmac, the proposal would place two storeys where there is currently an open area that is surrounded by gardens. This is the last remaining open area until Europa Flats to the south and Commonwealth Park to the north.
We can also expect considerable disruption and air pollution due to dust and increased emissions during the construction phase, as well as noise pollution, which will inevitably have an adverse impact on wildlife within the Alameda Gardens, such as the Spotted Flycatcher, which breeds nowhere else on the Rock.
GONHS urges the Government to consider a more imaginative and environmentally friendly approach, both to the area and traffic management in Gibraltar.
Millions of migrating birds are leaving Europe towards their wintering sites in Africa. Birds overcome thousands of kilometres and many dangers along their flyways. BirdLife Europe organises a Europe-wide event for people to discover the fascinating world of bird migration.
This year, 40 of the national partners of BirdLife International in Europe invite people to observe and learn about bird migration. GONHS will hold two events to celebrate EuroBirdwatch in Gibraltar: a sea watch from Europa Point during the afternoon of Sunday 1st October (3-6 pm) and our typical activities at the Alameda Gardens, including bird ringing and a bird of prey display, on Saturday 7th October as from 9 am.
The main aim of EuroBirdwatch is to bring people closer to nature by watching birds and observing their migration. All of the results from events are collected and compiled. Last year, EuroBirdwatch involved 37 Partners and almost 30.000 participants, who observed the fascinating migration of seven million birds, including many rare and interesting species.
For further information on European Birdwatch please visit: www.eurobirdwatch.eu
BirdLife International is a global alliance of conservation organizations working in more than 120 countries, which, together, form the leading authority on the status of birds, their habitats and the issues and problems affecting bird life.
Please also see our Events page where you can also find links to these events on our Facebook page.