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news ‘FLORA OF GIBRALTAR’ ONLINE The Gibraltar Botanic Gardens and Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GONHS) have jointly launched an online ‘Flora of Gibraltar’ project. The project is the culmination of years of work by the GONHS Botanical Section and technical staffat the botanic gardens. This is the first attempt to provide an identification guide to the entire native and naturalised vascular and bryophyte flora of Gibraltar. The website provides infor-

mation on the identification, distribution and ecology of all of the plants of Gibraltar, including maps and photographs for all plant species identified from the Rock.

by the public, schools and students at the University of Gibraltar. It is a scientific tool but is also user-friendly and expertise in botany is not required for its use.

The project is the natural successor to ‘The Flowers of Gibraltar’, a book authored by Leslie Linares, Arthur Harper and John Cortes and published in 1996. However, the online nature of the current project means that it can include more species, images and information, and can continue to be updated with information as further understanding is gained of Gibraltar’s flora.

Minister for the Environment, Prof. John Cortes, who was present at the launch, congratulated theteam for the work, complimenting the “It is an outstanding piece of work, which will be an important tool for research and for education, and a logical conclusion of the botanical work of both GONHS and the Botanic Garden. Not only is it full of information, but the non-specialist will find the photographs a delight to behold. Few countries of our size can boast such a comprehensive online flora.”

The website is an educational resource of considerable potential that can be used

OPENING OF UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE VIEWING PLATFORM As part of HM Government of Gibraltar’s commitment to improving and enhancing the Gorham’s Cave Complex World Heritage Site, a new viewing platform with interpretation panels was officially opened Wednesday 13th December by the Minister with responsibility for Heritage, the Hon Prof John Cortes, MBE, MP. The Viewing Platform is the latest in a series of stages that are aimed at promoting and providing access to the World Heritage Site. The caves themselves are subject to an annual quota of visitors because of their archaeological sensitivity and the new facility will provide spectacular views and interpretation of the site without risk of causing damage to the fragile archaeology within


the caves. In addition, the viewing platform offers unique views of the entire World Heritage Site all the way to the highest point of the Rock at O’Hara’s Battery (426 metres above sea level), including the popular Mediterranean Steps. The viewing platform initially be open Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm. Access will be free of charge to holders of Gibraltar Identity Cards, on production at the ticket office. Special arrangements to open additional hours will be made for organised groups by prior appointment.

As from today, free access to the Gibraltar Museum will also be available to Gibraltar Identity card holders, in line with the policy of opening out our Heritage to the community. Further improvements are currently being prepared and will be announced in the New Year. Work at Gorham’s and Vanguard Caves will also continue in 2018 with two months of excavations planned for the summer months.


The Gibraltar Magazine January 2018  

New year, new issue. We're back, and we have some inspiring articles in store for you. On the cover this month is Colonel Blashford-Snell,...

The Gibraltar Magazine January 2018  

New year, new issue. We're back, and we have some inspiring articles in store for you. On the cover this month is Colonel Blashford-Snell,...