This year, 2017, is the fortieth year since a group of young naturalists decided to take action concerning the future of Menorca. It seemed that, if nothing were done, the bird stock of the island would deteriorate irreversibly, especially in parts where the largest number of species were living. Urban growth linked to an increase in tourism was penetrating the island. Certainly, the Albufera des Grau was the clearest example. A space so valuable from the point of view of nature, was beginning to see itself affected by an urbanisation, a golf course and a project to make a sports marina. Continue reading 40 years of GOB Menorca
Recently, the volunteers at the Recuperation Centre for Wild Animals have had the opportunity of some training on the handling of wild animals and giving them first aid when injured by accidents. Thanks to the commitment and dedicated altruism of many people, last year in 2016, the Centre marked a historical record by attending to more than 1000 animals. Continue reading Learning how to look after the wild animals
Thanks to volunteers, GOB Menorca goes forward day by day in achieving the aims for which the group exists: defending environmental principles and searching for an equilibrium between human activities and the conservation of nature. Continue reading Thanks to volunteers
There have not been many postings this month, due to holidays. Here is a synopsis of some activities:
Premi Pere Prats awarded on 19 November
GOB elected, unanimously, Antoni Carreras, to receive the Pere Prats Prize for initiating projects which combine social employment and the environment. Working with Caritas and during the economic crisis he recognised the importance of recycling clothes and goods at Mestral. He promoted the Algendar Tree project, creating work by the conservation, for example, of its ethnological walls, irrigation channels and agricultural structures in this special farming area, and also by the reintroduction and sale of Menorcan fruit trees boosting commercial ecological cultivation. Continue reading November synopsis
If you want to travel quickly, go it alone. If you want to travel far, you are better off accompanied. A well known adage applicable to everyday life, especially so for those who want to do something to change the world for the better. Continue reading The long distance race
On Sunday 10 October, a group of GOB volunteers were working to restore a water cistern which catches rain water in Torralbet. This is one of the farms forming part of a network each of which has signed up to the Land Stewardship Scheme. Continue reading New renovation work starts on a water cistern
Wild vegetation growing in between cultivated areas is very valuable in Menorca because it provides habitats for animals as well as contributing to the characteristic landscape of the island. Continue reading Volunteers adapt a copse for livestock
This is a day for meeting people, for relaxation and fun. It is for all those people who work and help with the different GOB projects and anyone else who would like to join. There will be lots of activities: games for children, an outdoor excursion, and a pudding competition among other events! Continue reading Sunday 15 May, come to the GOB fiesta!
On Sunday 13 March coinciding with the Day of Indigenous Species, some twenty volunteers helped remove exotic succulents at Es Capell de Ferro farm. These plants were grown for many years near houses for decorative purposes and, with time, they have spread invading other species and the vegetation of the area.