Son Bou hotels, lost documents and basements built without permissions

The two large towers built in the 1970s on the front line of the beach of Son Bou continue to give surprises. Some official documents from 1971 required that the two towers be reduced in height but have disappeared from all the public institutions. In any case, the hotels have been constructed over some basements although, when the licence was given, it was specifically stated there should be no building over them. This puts into question the legality of the whole building. Continue reading Son Bou hotels, lost documents and basements built without permissions

Wednesday 10 April, conference on drinking water and the overuse of plastic

The consumption of bottled water is provoking a large increase in plastic waste. In our islands there are initiatives to change this tendency and it is very interesting to learn about them. This Wednesday, 10 April, there is a talk in Mahon organised by CleanWave, which promotes the installation of places for providing drinking water without plastic containers. The talk will be accompanied by showing the film “Out of Plastic” made in Mallorca. Continue reading Wednesday 10 April, conference on drinking water and the overuse of plastic

The road and the government roundabouts

The subject of the half built bridges at Rafal Rubí and l’Argentina, on the section of the main road between Mahon and Alaior, reappears periodically as a reminder of the conflict which was generated during the last government term of office and has made a return during the last few days. In GOB’s opinion, the situation of paralysis which we see from the outside is based neither on the technical aspects nor on the will of the politicians. Continue reading The road and the government roundabouts

Saturday workshop on garden pests and diseases

This Saturday, 30 March, at GOB’s Es Viver, we will have a practical workshop on how to prevent and treat, in an ecological way, the pests and diseases of the garden and kitchen garden. What are the principal treatments, how to prevent and apply them, in order to keep gardens healthy. The workshop is open to all, is free and no reservations are required. Continue reading Saturday workshop on garden pests and diseases

Fauna from Menorca: The Scopoli’s Shearwater

The large Scopoli’s shearwater, after crossing the whole of the Atlantic, comes to breed each year in the Mediterranean islands. And, towards the end of October, at the Recuperation Centre for Wild Animals, we receive many calls from people telling us that they have found a baby sea gull on land, at the house, or in the street. When we tell them it is a shearwater and not a sea gull, they are stunned. So what is a shearwater? They are pelagic marine birds, meaning that they live in the open sea and only touch land to breed. In the Balearics there are two species, the Balearic shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus) and the much more abundant, large, Scopoli’s shearwater (Calonectris diomedea). Continue reading Fauna from Menorca: The Scopoli’s Shearwater

Pledges to avoid disposable one use tableware

Since the 1 February the following have pledged with GOB to give up using disposable plastic tableware: Amics del Museu de Menorca (Friends of the Museum of Menorca), Esplai de Jubilats de Ciutadella (Retired People’s Club in Ciutadella), Club de Jubilats d’Alaior (Retired People’s Club in Alaior), AMPS (Association of Mothers and Fathers) de Sa Graduada, Mahon, Fra Rotger, dedicated to the cultural value of gastronomy. Continue reading Pledges to avoid disposable one use tableware

Explanation of the new Law on Rubbish Disposal on Tuesday 12 March

What is the last date from which it will be prohibited to use disposable plastics?  What percentage of beverage containers can be reused? What is the agenda for reducing the amount of waste going to the rubbish dump? What will be the role of the government and what role should the public take on? Continue reading Explanation of the new Law on Rubbish Disposal on Tuesday 12 March

Fauna from Menorca: The Green Toad

In Menorca we currently have two species of amphibians: the frog and the green toad. Another species of toad was introduced some fourteen years ago with aquatic plants for the garden. The frog and the green toad, also, are species that were introduced here but in ancient times. The remains of green toads have been found at talayotic sites. Another species which was already living in Menorca before the arrival of humans was the ferret, but it became extinct and is now found just in the Serra de Tramuntana in Mallorca. The habitats of green toads are found only in Corsica, Sardinia, the Italian Peninsula, Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza. Continue reading Fauna from Menorca: The Green Toad

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