Visitors to the chateau greenhouse and orangery in Lysice, South Moravia, can now admire a collection of outstanding Japanese Camellias in bloom in a myriad of red, white and pink shades. The shrubs on display are up to 250 years old and come from Dresden, where they escaped the bombing during World War II.
The winner of the 24th annual dog sled race called Šediváčkův Long,
held in the Orlické Mountains in north-eastern Czech Republic, is Czech
Roman Habásko, who won the race with his twelve dogs in 16 hours and 39
Some 80 mushers from ten countries with nearly 700 dogs competed in the race, which got underway on Tuesday. Due to poor weather conditions, the routes were shortened to 250 and 170 kilometres.
Šediváčkův Long is considered one of the toughest in Europe. Competitors also have to spend one or two nights sleeping in the snow.
Czech agricultural authorities plan to give permits to farmers to use
Stutox II, a rat poison, to combat an infestation of voles in fields,
orchards, meadows and vineyards.
Last summer, the Ministry of Agriculture put a ban on the poison’s blanket use after the Ministry of Environment warned it poses a threat to birds and other animals, including pets.
Now, only areas with five times the so-called harmful threshold of voles can apply for permits to use Stutox II. The authorities expect the first permits will be issued by late February.
Officials from Dvůr Králové zoo and other international organisations have announced fresh progress in efforts to save the northern white rhino, of which only two remain alive. They have now created a third embryo that would be carried by another subspecies and the next step will be to identify suitable surrogates. I spoke to Dvůr Králové’s Jan Stejskal, who is coordinating efforts to preserve the northern white rhino.
As bushfires continue to ravage large swathes of Australia, people across the world are donating money to help in the relief efforts. This is also the case in the Czech Republic, where millions of crowns have been raised through various institutional and individual pledges. The Prague Zoo alone has raised more than CZK 4,7 million to help local fauna.
Raccoon dog, crayfish plague or the giant hogweed - these are just some of the hundreds of invasive animal and plant species that have been intensively spreading in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe over the past years, causing substantial damages to local ecosystems. Seeking to address the problem, the Czech cabinet has just approved a draft bill aimed at regulating the number of invasive species in the Czech Republic. Similar legislation is in effect in other EU member states.
The second ever public bird census got underway in the Czech Republic on Friday. The citizen science project invites people to observe birds alighting on the feeders in their gardens or parks, identify the different species and send the findings to the Czech Ornithological Society’s website. Apart from popularizing ornithology, the project aims to collect as much data about the country’s common birds as possible.
The Czech Republic will donate two million crowns to Australia to help with
the response to the devastating bushfires, which have swept large parts of
Australia since October, the Foreign Ministry’s press department said on
According to Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, the humanitarian help will be coordinated by the Czech Embassy in Canberra and will be used mainly to help people who lost their homes as a result of the fires. Meanwhile, Prague City Hall announced it will donate 160,000 crowns to the Australian Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund, which operates Melbourne Zoo.
At least 26 people have been killed in the unprecedented bushfires and more than 10.3 million hectares of land has burned. It is estimated that nearly half a billion animals have been lost to the fire.
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