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Birds and Insects Autumn-Winter 2015

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Reports from Dol, many thanks Steve!

Bird Watch early January 2016

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Steve from Dol reports:

Trees and Hvar's Youngest Eco-Warrior

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Trees are among Hvar's major assets. They need nurturing and protecting. Taliah Bradbury (7) is preparing to take on the task.

January Bird Watch, 2016

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Steve from Dol completes his report for the month of January 2016.

February Nature Watch, 2016

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Steve reports from Dol - he feels there should be more to see!

March Bird Watch, 2016

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Steve from Dol reports on the new sightings which herald the arrival of spring.

April Bird Watch, 2016

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Steve Jones from Dol continues his study of the island's birds. Anyone who is seeing or hearing anything of interest in the bird world is invited to contact him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Black-winged stilts at Soline

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A rare sighting of an endangered species, with thanks to Alison and Bojan Bujić.

A guide to Hvar's wildflowers - Spring edition

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A beautiful overview of Hvar's rich springtime flower offerings by Marion Podolski.

Summer nature report from Dol

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Steve Jones has been keeping track of birds, butterflies and moths in Dol.

Hvar's Wild Flowers in the Late Summer

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Marion Podolski, author of the exquisite blog Go Hvar, continues her illustrated seasonal researches into Hvar's abundant wild flowers.

Autumn update from Dol

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Steve Jones has kept up his Nature watching through Hvar's mild autumn weather. More dragonflies, but less birds than expected.

Hvar's Butterflies

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Marion Podolski casts her expert artistic eye over Hvar's butterflies.

Cranes in flight

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Steve Jones in the right place at the right time.

Bird sightings 2016

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Steve Jones has kindly provided a listing of the birds sighted during 2016, with English, Latin and Croatian names..

Pesticides: UNESCO-approved?

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Hvar is rightly proud of its UNESCO-recognized assets, but are they being looked after?

Another Kingfisher sighting, in December!

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Steve Jones was delighted to spot a Kingfisher for the first time on Hvar.

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.

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.

SOS: Bats Gone Missing!

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

Birds, January 2017

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Steve Jones has had a great start to the year!
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