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08/03/12  |  

European Tree of the Year

A 700 year-old elm tree growing on the banks of the River Beli Lom by the village of Nisovo, near the Bulgarian city of Ruse, has won honorary third place in the European Tree of the Year contest: http://www.treeoftheyear.org/?lang=en The highest number of votes was cast for a linden in the Somogy region of Hungary, while second place went to an elm in Romania. This is the second time the European Tree of the Year contest has been held. It does not select trees by age, but looks for trees that are loved and regarded as symbols of the local community. The award ceremony will be held on 23rd May in the offices of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Brussels .

14/02/12  |  Lisbon

New plant species found on São Tomé and Príncipe Islands named in tribute to Portuguese professor Jorge Paiva, from Coimbra University.

The scientific name given to a new plant species found on São Tomé and Príncipe Islands pays tribute to the Portuguese professor Jorge Paiva, from Coimbra University.

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There are also 35 endemic species of orchids on Sao Tome and Principe. I wonder if this plant may not serve as nesting material for the endemic giant sun bird?

by Tim Upham | 01/05/12 03:07:05

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02/02/12  |  Brussels

New Year Fireworks Scares Birds

A recent Dutch study shows that birds, especially waterfowl, flock to flight when fireworks go off at midnight on New Year's Eve. Detailed analysis of radar images at Brussels Airport shows the same phenomenon in Belgium.

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