Next Sunday, 18 November, we have organised an excursion, open to the public, to learn about plants from the Camí des Pou Vell. The walk will go around Es Migjorn, in an area of gardens, which has also, some ethnological interest. The so called Spring of the Winter is the time when many Menorcan plants and bushes fructify and the weeds carpet the countryside in green. Continue reading Next Sunday learn about plants around Es Migjorn
Here is a little summary for last week’s news: Pledges to end one use plastics by 2020, Round Table Talks on the Reserve of the Biosphere, Workshop at Es Viver, GOB’s garden centre. Continue reading Short Summary for last week
Centuries ago, Machiavelli warned that the iron hand is usually disguised by a velvet glove. When the true nature of things becomes apparent, there is often a risk that while power is maintained, authority is lost. And when authority is lost, it becomes difficult to keep control. Continue reading Don’t lose the thread
The jury has unanimously nominated Damià Gomis Bosch as the winner of the Pere Prats Prize for the Environment. The jury considers that Damià Gomis possesses all the qualities that merit the Pere Prats Prize 2018 because of a scientific career notable for his researches into the marine ecosystem and its link with the climate and, by extension, to the possible effects from climate change both now and in the future, and for his work on a project of international renown. Continue reading Damià Gomis Bosch, winner of the Pere Prats Prize on the Environment
On Sunday 21 October a group of more than twenty volunteers took part on a working day of planting fig trees in the Torralbet farm, near Ciutadella. This farm has autochthonous cattle, and makes, amongst other products, cheese known as “Tres Tocs” from a mixture of milk from sheep, goats and cows. In order to help in product diversification the GOB volunteers planted 15 fig trees of different varieties. To enable them to grow strongly during their first years, a fence was built round each of them as protection from cattle and other animals. Continue reading Fig trees for sustainable agricultural diversification
The proposal to regulate the fishing around the Illa de l’Aire has been brought to public notice in the past few days. GOB has made court declarations and wants to make public some of the considerations regarding this. Menorca suffers from over fishing. The scientists who study the sea point out that the level of conservation of the marine ecosystems around the island does not correspond with the presence of fauna. The use of precision technology in professional fishing, the thousands of recreational boats sailing during the whole of the summer, the underwater fishing and the shortage of effective monitoring, leave many species in the Menorcan sea over exploited. Continue reading On the great necessity for a Marine Reserve around the Illa de l’Aire
Torrellissar and So na Caçana will be the places visited for the excursion programmed for 4 November. It is necessary to register for this as places are limited by filling in this form.
The scene of Torrellissar shows a table surrounded by a stone wall and entry is gained by a corridor covered with slab stones. Continue reading Sunday 4 November, excursion to Torrellissar and So na Caҫana
Due to holidays, notices over the last two weeks have not been published. Here is a resumé of some.
17 October Son Bou and the controversial hotels
Despite Melia Hotels having promised to demolish some of the higher levels of the hotels rather than modernising them, they have presented a project maintaining the same number of floors. If they get the licence it will not eliminate anything from the previous authorisation. Continue reading Latest news from October
The Scouts of Menorca are adding to those who have signed an agreement not to use single use plastics such as plastic table ware at fiestas and other celebrations they may have. Continue reading The Scouts of Menorca and fiestas without plastic
The Association of Neighbours of Es Castell has signed an agreement to organise fiestas utilizing reusable or biodegradable products. GOB is promoting a campaign between public organizations so that, when they organise fiestas, plastics for single use only are not utilized. These materials have very little useful life but require many years to degrade hence they constitute a huge refuse problem. Continue reading More fiestas without plastic: a commitment for 2020