RSSLand Habitat

Surge of marsh mosquitoes expected

Surge of marsh mosquitoes expected

| 03/05/2021 | 7 Comments

(CNS): The Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) is warning residents to expect another surge of the native black salt marsh mosquito as a result of the high tides that began last month and have caused flooding in the mangrove breeding areas of the swamp. Eggs laid around the time of the 20 April high […]

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Rangers appeal to PACT to save threatened mangroves

Rangers appeal to PACT to save threatened mangroves

| 26/04/2021 | 21 Comments

(CNS): An adjourned application for a subdivision that threatens the Central Mangrove Wetlands is one of a number of controversial items on the Central Planning Authority’s agenda this week that activists hope the PACT government will be able to pause, in light of the commitment made by the new premier and his team to protect […]

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CS issues Earth Day message as people wait on new minister

CS issues Earth Day message as people wait on new minister

| 22/04/2021 | 6 Comments

(CNS): Civil servants in the Ministry and the Department of Environment issued the government message Thursday to mark World Earth Day, highlighting this year’s international theme of ‘Restore our Earth, Restore Cayman’. The country is still awaiting the announcement about the assignments of ministries in the new PACT Cabinet, but responsibility for the environment will […]

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Daggaro begins clearing bush for aviation project

Daggaro begins clearing bush for aviation project

| 19/04/2021 | 69 Comments

(CNS): The aviation company which secured planning permission for a helicopter operation based in Cayman Brac began clearing the only remaining remnant of tropical dry forest in the island’s far West End this weekend ahead of the construction work set to begin. However, an appeal challenging the planning approval given to the project by the […]

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Election for the environment

Election for the environment

| 14/04/2021 | 6 Comments

Candy Whicker writes: Cayman truly is a jewel: our beaches, our wetlands, our mangroves, our undisturbed green spaces, our coral reefs, underwater world and our wildlife on land and in the sea – all valuable beyond measure. All of these are perfectly balanced by nature and together they keep our air clean, filter our waters, […]

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Taking back control

Taking back control

| 14/04/2021 | 9 Comments

Green Hornet writes: The concept of control has always fascinated me because control not only affects my life and that of billions of others, it also affects the lives of those plants and animals with whom we share this tiny blue planet. Okay, before we go any further, what does the OED say about control? […]

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Department of Environmental Death?

Department of Environmental Death?

| 07/04/2021 | 43 Comments

Green Hornet writes: Last month a polite young Caymanian came to my door, clipboard in hand, and asked me if I’d like him to put poison in my coconut trees. The reason, he told me, was to get rid of those pesky coconut rats which, he said, were causing a serious problem. He was, he said, […]

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Hundreds of shoes cleared from Little Cayman beaches

Hundreds of shoes cleared from Little Cayman beaches

| 18/03/2021 | 21 Comments

(CNS): Volunteers collected hundreds of shoes from several beaches on Little Cayman and Owen Island this weekend during the latest Plastic Free Cayman clean-up event. More than 3,000lbs of garbage was cleared from three beaches by the 30 volunteers, and most of what they picked up was plastic, especially plastic slippers. The NGO, which is […]

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Landowner ignores warnings to stop ripping out mangroves

Landowner ignores warnings to stop ripping out mangroves

| 18/03/2021 | 93 Comments

(CNS): A landowner clearing land in Selkirk Drive, Red Bay, has reportedly ignored at least two notices from the Department of Environment to stop removing mangroves. Meanwhile, Alden McLaughlin, the outgoing premier who is fighting to retain the constituency, has said the government cannot deny the wner the right to develop it, despite the fact […]

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Weaving webs of deceit

Weaving webs of deceit

| 17/03/2021 | 21 Comments

Green Hornet writes: The other morning I was watching a spider painstakingly weaving its web and thinking what a wondrous sight it was. Legend has it that Robert the Bruce, sitting exiled in his cave, spent much of his time observing a patient arachnid busy about its work. For those who don’t know the story, […]

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Mangroves face destruction for land survey

Mangroves face destruction for land survey

| 17/03/2021 | 64 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is urging the Central Planning Authority not to allow speculative clearing of important mangrove habitat in the absence of an actual plan to develop at a site off the Linford Pierson Highway. Pros Plus Construction is seeking permission to mechanically clear and fill a more than ten-acre lot to survey […]

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