Hungarian government damaging wildlife

This video is called Wild birds in Hungary.

From Wildlife Extra:

New law puts Hungary’s wildlife at risk

Land management rights are to be transferred from nature conservation organisations to a central Land Agency which has economic rather than conservation interests if Hungary’s new law is approved, BirdLife International reports.

“If approved the new legislation is likely to damage centuries of nature conservation traditions and practices,” says Elodie Cantaloube in her report for BirdLife International.

Among Hungary’s natural treasures are Europe’s largest known stalactite cave which is an incredible 26km long (partly shared with Slovakia), inside Aggtelek National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Héviz Lake, Europe’s largest thermal lake.

Hungary has been well known for its strong laws and firmly established framework to protect its nature and wildlife.

Its well-developed system is made up of governmental institutions and a large network of protected areas on government owned land.

About nine per cent of Hungary’s territory is under federal protection and there are 63 forest reserves that have been designated as protected land.

All of the country’s known 4,077 caves have been protected by law since 1961.

Hungary’s contribution to the Europe’s ‘Natura 2000 Network’ is quite significant as well. It’s about 21 per cent of the country’s total land area, or nearly 2 million hectares.

However, according to BirdLife International, during the last decade the Hungarian Government has done been tearing apart all these years of conservation work.

It abolished its Ministry of Environment, integrating it into the Ministry of Rural Development in 2010.

And now it has passed a bill which takes away the land management rights of existing government nature conservation organisations and transfers them instead to a central agency.

If the act comes into force, this control will be given entirely to the existing National Land Fund, which manages the rest of Hungary’s state-owned land.

It is driven exclusively by economic considerations.

Despite concerns actively voiced by nature conservation NGOs based in Hungary, including BirdLife, WWF, and Friends of the Earth, the law seems to be going forward.

After banning miniskirts, Roman Catholics ban maxiskirts

This video says about itself:

Mini-skirt ban sparks underwear protest at Kaposvar University in Hungary – Andry Kolor

12 October 2013

Mini-skirt ban sparks underwear protest at Kaposvar University in Hungary. STUDENTS at a Hungarian university attended class wearing only their underwear to protest against a dress code ordered by the college head.

In a letter to students on Wednesday, the rector of Kaposvar University in southwest Hungary wrote that a conservative dress code – dark suits and shoes for men; jacket, blouse and trousers or long skirts for women – must be adhered to when attending classes or exams.

“From October 1, there is also no place in the university for mini-skirts, flip-flops, heavy make-up, inappropriate fashion accessories, or unkempt fingernails and hair,” the letter continued.

The rector did make an allowance for lighter clothing during warm summer days, prompting some students to make the underwear protest.

“We were appropriately dressed but the class room was so warm we removed some clothing as is permitted,” said one student.

The protestors included male and female students.

Students plan to wear flip-flops and beach towels at another protest on October 7.

Roman Catholic authorities have a long tradition of denying women the freedom to dress how they want. I remember I was in Rome, decades ago. Among my traveling group was a (Roman Catholic) girl, wearing a miniskirt. When we came close to the Vatican, she was stopped, with cries of ‘Scandaloso!!’ (scandalous, in Italian).

Inspired by Roman Catholic ideas about what ‘modest’ women should wear and not wear, Italian politicians of Silvio Berlusconi‘s party ban miniskirts.

As people could read earlier on this blog:

Polish conservative Catholic lawmaker Artur Zawisza has proposed the introduction of legislation against “sexual temptation” which may include penalties for wearing miniskirts or heavy make-up as well as low-cut or see-through blouses.

Now, if Roman Catholic authorities ban miniskirts, it might look like a safe option to wear a maxiskirt? Forget it.

Translated from the site in the Netherlands:

March 31, 15 09:44

Flemish school bans, after headscarves, long skirts

Catholics want to bother Muslims

A Flemish Catholic school forbids students to wear long skirts or dresses. At the Ursuline monastic order school in Mechelen there is already a ban on headscarves. The school emphasizes the house rules, but according to victims these are applied only to Muslim girls.

Let us look at the patron saint of the Ursuline monastic order, Saint Ursula.

Saint Ursula, by Benozzo Gozzoli

Here she is, as depicted by Italian painter Benozzo Gozzoli about 1460. Note her very long skirt length. And note the very long skirt of the small nun of Ursula’s order, kneeling for the saint. That nun also wears (shock horror!) a headscarf.

Ursuline nuns in 2004

And here is a photo of 21st century Ursuline nuns.

Saint Ursula would be barred from her own school in Belgium today. So would her nuns. Unless, as the article says, the rules, officially for everyone, are only applied against Muslim girls

It reminds me of someone who said that if Jesus Christ would be a member of any of many Christian churches of today, then he would immediately be excommunicated.

Danish school to pay moral damages to Muslim girl who was made to eat pork: here.

Nature film competition in Hungary

This 2015 Hungarian video is from the International Nature Film Festival in Gödöllő.

From BirdLife:

Nature Film Competition! Apply Online by 10th March

By BirdLife Europe, Mon, 02/03/2015 – 15:14

The first International Nature Film Festival will be held this 14-17 May in Gödöllő, Hungary. This event, supported by BirdLife Hungary, will give nature film makers from around the world a chance to show their work and raise environmental awareness, especially for younger generations. It will also be a great opportunity for your work to become recognized at an international scale.

All films will be judged by an international jury and winning films will be shown during the four-day film festival 14-17 May.

Films can be entered under these categories:

  • Nature film
  • Fishing, hunting
  • Documentary
    • life in the countryside
    • sustainable countryside
    • nature and environment protection
    • biodiversity
    • science and nature
  • Short film on the relationship between humans and nature
  • Animation on plants, animals, or the environment in general
  • Etude, experimental film (nature themed literature; impressions of nature, phenomenons of nature)
  • Wildlife-rich landscapes as a tourist destination
  • Life of the scouts (the world of jamborees, survival camps, traditional cultural activities)
  • Animal actors (films where the main character is an animal)

For more information:



Four young bee-eaters fledge successfully in England, first time

This video is called 2013 Bird of the Year in Hungary – the Bee-Eater.

From Wildlife Extra:

Four bee-eater chicks fledge successfully on the Isle of Wight

European bee-eaters could become a more common sight in southern England in the future

Four bee-eater chicks have fledged on National Trust land on the Isle of Wight thanks to a joint protection operation by the National Trust, the RSPB and Isle of Wight naturalists.

Three of the chicks fledged last week and the fourth has tried out its wings in the last couple of days. It is the first time in 12 years that the birds, which usually nest in southern Europe, have bred successfully in the UK.

If these new fledglings survive, this will be the most successful ever bee-eater breeding attempt in the UK.

The last successful attempt, which resulted in two chicks, was in County Durham in 2002, and that was the first for 50 years.

The bee-eaters made their nest, which is a hole in the ground, more than a month ago on the National Trust’s Wydcombe estate.

National Trust ranger and birder, Ian Ridett, noticed the bee-eaters were active on the island at a time they ought to be nesting.

The nest was located and a joint 24-hour protection named “Operation Bee-eater” was launched to protect the nest from disturbance.

“We are thrilled that the bee-eaters have managed to breed successfully on the Isle of Wight,” said Keith Ballard, the site manager at the RSPB’s Brading Marshes reserve near Bembridge. “It has been an amazing year for exotic species breeding on the island.

“Working with the National Trust has been very rewarding and the RSPB has been able to utilise its protection experience to make sure the birds were not disturbed and to minimise the threat from predators and egg thieves.”

Ian Ridett said: “We are delighted to see the juveniles are out and progressing well. We’ve worked day and night with a team of over 60 volunteers and staff from the National Trust, RSPB and Isle of Wight Ornithological Group to monitor the site and provide a supervised viewing area for visitors.

“Around 3000 people from around the UK have been rewarded with views of the adults catching bees and dragonflies.

“The question that everyone is asking is, ‘will they return next year?’ However, it all depends on the weather and a degree of chance.

“With changing weather and climate, this is just one of the examples of birds and butterflies that are starting to spread north and west into the UK.

“The Isle of Wight has some great habitats and is in pole position for events like this to re-occur.”