Insects Wanted!

Insects Wanted!

Insects Wanted!

Published in Insects Wanted!
Poisons, definitely not! Eco Hvar's campaign against the indiscriminate use of chemical pesticides to kill off unwanted insects and other 'pests' began many years ago. In Croatia, by law, unwanted pests which are potentially health-harming have to be limited or preferably eliminated. However, current practices, both by public authorities and individuals are causing a mass extermination of insects and interdependent wildlife, which is nothing short of catastrophic. And, by law, this should not be happening.

Scrumping on Hvar? We advise against it.

Published in Insects Wanted!
As July progresses, the grapes ripen on the vines, ready to reach their full luscious ripeness later on in August. Hvar's fields offer plenty of edible plants for our health and delight throughout the year. However, foraging is not recommended.     
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