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Birdwatch, January - February 2018

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Well as I type this on March 1st looking out at my bird feeders amidst heavy snowfall, the birding calendar tells me Spring is on its way.

Birdwatch & Insects, Autumn-Winter 2017

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Steve Jones rounds off the year, puzzled by the absence of some birds he expected to see.

The Bee Hotel: Encouraging Wildlife in our Garden

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Having offered hospitality to a young swallow family earlier in the year, Marion and Zzdravko decided to extend their facilities to welcome bees. It turned out to be a very rewarding learning experience!

Birdwatch, August - September 2017

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Well summer is over, birding-wise, and during the last three months, hopefully, birds have bred successfully on the island. I have certainly seen evidence of this, particularly recently, with good numbers of House Sparrows all around. Also frequently during the summer months I have seen birds carrying food to nests.

Birdwatch, June - July 2017

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The summer months were intensely hot. By June 12th there was very little about. On a trip to the pond that morning I found that the biggest area was about to evaporate later that day– there was a tiny little pool with the remaining fish all gasping. Equally I saw a Cormorant, probably stocking up with an easy source of food.

Storks visit Jelsa!

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On September 17th 2017, two storks touched down in Jelsa.

Nesting swallows: good luck promised!

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Marion Podolski has the good fortune to have swallows nesting in her doorway in Vrboska on Hvar. Exciting and fascinating!

Birdwatch, May 2017

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After a brief absence from the island, Steve Jones caught up with the bird activities in May. Lots of early-summer action going on!

Birdwatch, April 2017

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Steve Jones reports from Dol.

Birdwatch, March 2017

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An active month for Steve Jones. An unexpected turtle appears, and interesting birds are coming and going on Hvar!

Birdwatch, February 2017

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Steve Jones' bird sightings in February 2017. Happily, gaps are being filled!

Birdwatch, January 2017

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Steve Jones has had a great start to the year!

SOS: Bats Gone Missing!

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Eco Hvar is not alone in being worried that bats are increasingly rare on Hvar Island.

Orchids on Pelješac

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Orchid enthusiast Frank Verhart continued his researches into European orchids during 2016. He found much of interest on the Pelješac peninsula.

Hvar's Wildflowers and Plants in Winter

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Mara of Go Hvar casts her artistic eye over Hvar's surprisingly abundant winter wildflowers.

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