Photo: Tenerife Cabildo. © Beneharo Rodríguez. There have been various attempts in the past to protect ospreys in these islands, a species under considerable global pressure but here in the Canaries, where the bird is called a guincho, the population has suffered a particularly pronounced decline over recent years. Now, only seven pairs of guinchos still survive on cliffs in just three sites around the archipelago: in the uninhabited little island of Alegranza north of Lanzarote, in La Gomera, and in the Los Gigantes cliffs here in Tenerife, their last bastion in this island. Ornithologists say that tourist leisure boats, the increased numbers of hikersREAD MORE

No business is perfect but some are a little greener than others, and Leroy Merlin has expressed quite some green credentials over recent years, and their livery is green … and they also now have a shop in south Tenerife which will help us minimise our own carbon footprint when looking for DIY or homemaking things! It has literally been years coming, but it’s finally open. You’ll find it in Adeje’s Las Torres area where Mercadona and Lidl are but the other side of the motorway, very near HiperTrebol and the heliport … you can’t miss it because it’s got the usual huge Leroy MerlinREAD MORE

Photo: Guardia Civil.  The Guardia Civil had the first “green police” unit, Seprona, in the whole of Europe. Seprona stands for Servicio de Protección de la Naturaleza and it has now been going for more than 30 years. Its guiding mission is the conservation of nature and the environment, and we usually hear about the Unit in the autumn when alerts and requests for help are widespread for the hatching Pardelas (see HERE), but its remit is far more widespread, policing water resources, hunting, fishing and forestry protection.  One thing they do that is perhaps not widely understood is police animal maltreatment generally (see HERE),READ MORE

The Canaries aren’t just a sweet zone in the climate emergency but have for long been in a protective bubble when it comes to major storms too. As we can see from Aemet Canarias’ graphic, the whole system of storm formation sends embryonic cyclones that have scudded westwards across north Africa off, out across the Atlantic, as tropical storms or hurricanes. The image tracks their path between 1851 and 2004, and as we can see, they sometimes swing around towards the north after crossing the ocean, returning from the Americas to affect western Europe. Aemet thinks that as the climate emergency develops, this protective bubbleREAD MORE

Image: SEO. We’re all used to the idea that the Canary Islands get swallows as visitors in the winter – of the human kind – but many more actual avian visitors come to Spain each year, and can and do stay for much longer than 90 days! Now, the Sociedad Española de Ornitología (Spanish Ornithological Society), which carries out annual programmes to assess the populations of migratory birds, has said that given the unambitious outcome of COP26, it’s imperative for us all to work with nature to address the climate emergency and the alarming loss of biodiversity. The SEO says that it’s already confirmed from suchREAD MORE