BALEARIC conservation group GOB complained yesterday that the regional ministry for the Environment “hasn't lifted a finger” to help protect breeding of rare bea-eater birds on natural ground at Son Bosc in Muro.

GOB claim that continuous noisy motocross activity right by the nesting area is threatening the breeding season. A spokesman for the conservationists said that the bea-eater is a migratory bird which comes to the Balearics at the beginning of spring to raise its chicks. In the autumn it moves on to the African sub-Sahara to spend the winter. He added that the 15 pairs of bea-eaters at Son Bosc “deserve better attention from the Environment ministry” which, he said should categorise the species as being “locally under threat”. GOB explained that the bea-eaters nest in hollows in the sand dunes at Son Bosc but come under a barrage of noise and disturbance by the motocross activity which also uses the dunes. “It will play havoc with breeding success,” claimed GOB.


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