Sign the petition for public monitoring of the Central Power Station

The emissions from the Central Power Station in Mahon are worrying because of their potential adverse effects on the environment and the health of the people. GOB is sending written requests to the Balearic Government for the installation of a meter system to be made available to the public so that anyone can make current readings of the levels of contamination from the power station. You can sign here (https://www.gobmenorca.com/firma-per-un-control-public-de-les-emissions-contaminants-a-menorca). Continue reading Sign the petition for public monitoring of the Central Power Station

Microplastics and polystyrene in the Marine Reserve

A large volume of needless plastic and a great deal of broken plastic bits. This comes from the cleaning of the shore that GOB organised for 9 June in the area to the west of Cala Tirant. In total, more than 130 kilos of rubbish was collected of which more than 125 kilos were plastics and petroleum derived materials such as expanded polystyrene and ropes. If this is compared with other areas we have cleaned along the shore we see that the quantity collected seems to be less than we find normally, but it has to be borne in mind that a significant amount of this rubbish collection was made from the so called micro plastics, pieces of small plastic. As the area cleaned was a macar (a stony beach), the micro plastics accumulate between stones and are difficult to extricate. Continue reading Microplastics and polystyrene in the Marine Reserve

Sunday 2, open day at the Pedreres de s´Hostal and the Animal Hospital

Lithica and GOB invite you to an open day which we have organised for next Sunday 2 June from 10.00 until 14.00 hours, to celebrate the world day for the environment. You have the opportunity to see how the improvement of the magnificent sculptured space of the Pedreres de s’Hostal has advanced, with its different corners, gardens planted with autochthonous plants and its labyrinth and at the same time you will be able to visit the animal hospital found in the interior. Both entities work for the environment in these quarries and we invite you to visit them. Continue reading Sunday 2, open day at the Pedreres de s´Hostal and the Animal Hospital

Fauna from Menorca: the house martin

The house martin or town swallow (Delichon urbicum) was frequently a neighbour in our towns. Their nests of clay clinging to roofs in the eaves formed part of the urban landscape. These days, as has been found from the numbers collected each year by SOM (the Ornitholigcal Society of Menorca), we are getting rid of these house martins from built up areas obliging them to build their nests in industrial estates or in urbanizations. Only Ferreries keeps a significant number of nests, though there is a tendency towards reducing the quota. Continue reading Fauna from Menorca: the house martin

Walk to Son Mercer

The Consell Insular and GOB are organising an evening walk for Saturday 1 June. It will be to the archaeological site of Son Mercer de Baix in Ferreries. Son Mercer is a village where the naviformes were inhabited during the pretalayotic period. The one known as Cova des Moro retains a roof of huge slabs held up by three pillars made with large stones, the smallest at the base and the widest at the top. Continue reading Walk to Son Mercer

Help us to get rid of invasive plants at Cap d’Artrutx

This Sunday, 12 May, we have organised a volunteer´s work day to get rid of invasive plants at Cap d’Artrutx (south of Ciutadella). We are inviting you to come and help us. In this area there is a number of species that have escaped from gardens and are threatening the autochthonous plants on the front line of the sea, some of which are endemic. Continue reading Help us to get rid of invasive plants at Cap d’Artrutx

Friday 10 May. Conference on Climate Change with Damià Gomis

Damià Gomis is the director of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory on Climate Change at the University of the Balearics, that recently publicised a report on the economic, social and environmental effects of climate change in Menorca. GOB and the Ateneu de Maó have invited him to talk on these questions this Friday, 10 May at 8 pm in the Ateneu. Continue reading Friday 10 May. Conference on Climate Change with Damià Gomis

The Mediterranean Programme for Landscape Culture meet in Menorca

The Mava Foundation promotes a programme of work in different places in the Mediterranean for preserving those cultural practices that help in conserving nature´s values. Menorca is included with its agricultural land stewardship agreements made with GOB and in the next few days the island is hosting a meeting coordinating all the areas involved in piloting this scheme. Continue reading The Mediterranean Programme for Landscape Culture meet in Menorca

Conscientious Ecology