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Green group launches ambitious proposal to increase tenfold amount of Czech territory given over to wilderness

14-10-2010 16:16 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Archive of ČRo7 An environmental organisation this week launched an ambitious new proposal to increase greatly the amount of land in the Czech Republic given over to untamed nature. In fact, the Czech branch of Friends of the Earth wants to see a full 3 percent of the country covered in wilderness – ten times as much as now. I asked the group’s Vojtěch Kotecký why they were pushing for what would be a considerable change.   More

Environment minister wants change of policy on bark beetle devastation

13-09-2010 15:58 | Christian Falvey

Pavel Drobil, foto: ČTK The new environment minister, Pavel Drobil, went to the Šumava National Park at the weekend to get a firsthand look at a problem that has literally plagued the forest for decades – the damage caused by bark beetle infestations. After viewing some of the worst-affected areas he declared the current strategy of leaving nature to clean up after itself untenable, to the dissatisfaction of environmental groups and others, who fear increased logging.   More

Parts of northern Bohemia hit by severe flooding

09-08-2010 15:11 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK Severe flooding hit the parts of the Czech Republic over the weekend, claiming at least three lives and causing widespread damage. Heavy rain on Saturday swelled rivers and streams in both northern and southern Bohemia, and thousands of people had to be evacuated. More than 4,000 households remain without electricity and gas supplies.   More

West Bohemian spa town gets European funds to fight plant invader

13-07-2010 14:13 | Chris Johnstone

Giant hogweed, photo: Farbenfreude, Creative Commons 3.0 A West Bohemian spa town has won European Union funds to fight one of the most serious environmental problems in the area — an invasive plant that spreads like wildfire and lets almost nothing stand in its way. The project is believed to the first of its kind in the country and could lead to even more ambitious efforts.   More

Golden eagles could return to Beskydy mountains after 100-year absence

05-03-2010 15:41 | Rob Cameron

Golden Eagle, photo: Juan Lacruz, Creative Commons 3.0 Ornithologists in the Beskydy mountains in the far east of the country are celebrating the possible return of the golden eagle after an absence of more than 100 years. A project to reintroduce young eagles to the area appears to have borne fruit – two of the birds have formed a pair, and have now started building a nest.  More

Cuckoo, declining in numbers in Czech Republic, named Bird of Year

04-02-2010 15:18 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Steve Garvie, Creative Commons 2.0 The common cuckoo has just been named Bird of the Year 2010 by the Czech Society for Ornithology. One of the aims of the annual award is to draw attention to the problems faced by particular species of birds. In the case of the cuckoo, ornithologists report a baffling fall in numbers over the last few decades.  More

Campaign aims to help save endangered species in Czech Republic

25-01-2010 14:15 | Ruth Fraňková

Lynx, photo: Silke Sohler, Creative Commons 3.0 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, aimed at raising awareness of the disappearance of many of the Earth’s species and finding ways to reverse the current trend. The Ministry of the Environment has just launched an information campaign to that end here in the Czech Republic, where around one third of the country’s 80,000 animal and plant species are believed to be in danger. So what does the campaign hope to achieve? I spoke to the ministry’s Dagmar Zíková.   More

Environmentalists warn over damage to wildlife from salt on roads

14-01-2010 16:36 | Chris Johnstone

Thousands of tonnes of salt have been spread on roads in the Czech Republic and the rest of Europe during recent heavy snowfall. So much so, that stocks threaten to run out. Heavy use has sparked warnings from environmentalists about the damage to plants and animals.   More

Zoologists launch project to map behaviour of elusive lynx

23-12-2009 16:11 | Jan Velinger

Lynx, photo: Silke Sohler, Creative Commons 3.0 The Šumava National Park and the Bavarian National Forest Park have begun a unique project to map the lives of elusive lynx inhabiting nature reserves on both sides of the border. Using special cameras, zoologists hope to learn more about the animals’ migration habits and other behaviour. The lynx is famously difficult to photograph up close; one reason why cameras at stations set up throughout the parks react to the slightest movement.  More

Beavers destroy anti-flood wall

04-11-2009 16:27 | Sarah Borufka

Photo: D. Gordon E. Robertson, Creative Commons 3.0 A flood-wall that protects some 4000 residents of the South Moravian town of Břeclav is in a hazardous condition, after beavers damaged an important part of the city’s flood protection system. The town is now faced with repairs that will cost more than 30 million Czech crowns.  More

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