Tag Archives: Fauna

29 January, excursion, concerning unsustainability, Albufera des Grau

A new excursion for the campaign Menorca, InSOStenible (Unsustainable) will take place on Sunday 29 January. This time, the main subject will be the environmental effect resulting from the lowering of the water level and the lack of control over fresh water resources.

The Albufera des Grau is symbolic of Menorca’s nature. The largest wetlands area of the island suffered from repeated attempts for it to be urbanised, but the constant public response was to paralyse urban growth, the projected golf course and intentions to convert the lagoon into a nautical harbour.

In addition was the initiative of people who planted hundreds of plants and recovered the dunes area near the beach, and over the area that had been designated for a golf course and was nearly destroyed. Today, this area has completely recovered.

Nevertheless, the Albufera is dying. The progressive reduction of freshwater going into the lagoon means that it is becoming seriously saline. The impact is such that the bird populations are collapsing, which is not happening in other wetlands on the Island.

In 40 years, the Albufera has lost 90% of the usual bird population that was living there. Yes, it is a Natural Parkland, but, the uncontrolled taking of fresh water for other uses is killing off many of the natural values of this emblematic space.

The excursion, Menorca In-SOS-tenible, on Sunday will be to raise awareness of the problem, to understand the evolution of the place and consider possible solutions. People interested should meet at 10 am in the carpark of the Es Grau beach. It is estimated to end at 13.30.

It will be of low physical difficulty and there is no need for prior booking. It will not be cancelled even if the weather is bad. Please pass on this information to all your friends and, if possible, share a vehicle.

You can watch here the video commemorating 45 years of GOB in Menorca.

Saturday, a public event in recognition of Jaume Pons, as recipient of the Pere Prats Prize for the Environment

You are invited to attend the occasion for the public recognition of Jaume Pons as the recipient of the Pere Prats Prize for the Environment. It will be this Saturday 19 November at 19.00 hours at the Molí del Rei (Camí des Castell, 53, de Maó). It is an opportunity to thank him for so many years of his dedication as a professional vet voluntarily caring for the animals that enter the Recuperation Centre for Wild Animals of Menorca. Continue reading Saturday, a public event in recognition of Jaume Pons, as recipient of the Pere Prats Prize for the Environment

Workshop at the Recuperation Centre for Wildlife: Animal Colours

There is a new workshop for all the family at the Recuperation Centre for Wildlife this Tuesday 12 July at 18.30

Think about the colours of animals: some tones are very flashy while others serve for concealment. What role does the appearance of animals play in their lives and survival? We can find out through games. Continue reading Workshop at the Recuperation Centre for Wildlife: Animal Colours

Sunday, open doors to the Wildlife Recuperation Centre

This Sunday, 5 June, will be an open day at the Centre of Recuperation for Wild Animals in Ciutadella. It is an opportunity to visit it on the Open Doors day between 10.00 and 14.00 hours. You will be able to see the animals that live there and to learn about the work that is done to look after the wild animals of Menorca. This open day is made possible with the help of Lithica and the Ciutadella Town Hall, to celebrate the World Day of the Environment. Continue reading Sunday, open doors to the Wildlife Recuperation Centre

Training to become a volunteer to look after orphaned chicks

The Centre for the Recuperation of Wild Animals requires help to look after the enormous quantity of chicks that are brought to us at this time of year. We are looking for volunteers able to care for these animals. For this reason, we have organised training in Ciutadella on Thursday 19 May (there was one in Mahon on Tuesday 17) for anyone interested and able to help us. Continue reading Training to become a volunteer to look after orphaned chicks

Cris Juanico supports the Wildlife Recuperation Centre

Cris Juanico, the Menorcan singer, recently participated in the liberation of an Egyptian vulture that had been injured and cared for at the Recuperation Centre. Firefighters had to rescue this young and inexperienced vulture that was trapped at the top of a palm tree in Sa Bassa, near Sant Lluis. The help of everyone is very important for the success of the work of the Wildlife Recuperation Centre beginning with the people who tell us when they find an animal and by many other people who help us in many ways including the volunteers and the sponsors of individual resident animals. sponsor one of the resident animals. Continue reading Cris Juanico supports the Wildlife Recuperation Centre