Birds - ptice
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a "Twitchers" paradise
Hello and welcome to this edition of our Blog, from Čardačani, in the north of Bosnia and Herzegovina, written by an immigrant (me), as I am neither a tourist or a citizen here.
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Last week I asked in a short poll, about the format you prefer when reading these weekly updates from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As a result, the following format will now be adopted as the “House Style”
It has been a rather busy week here, most of it based in the studio/office, as I plan the post “heatwave” period. There’s a project that needs realisation! I’ve also managed to get into Banja Luka for a meeting with a visiting podcaster from the Netherlands, who is travelling around the region, collecting content for a future podcast series for Radio Netherlands, that’s focussing on Peace Building here in the western Balkans. As the series is under Embargo, I am not allowed to elaborate, but it should be an interesting listen. If you can either speak or understand Dutch, you can check out their website.
In the video above, I talk you through how our site is structured and how to navigate around it to find the information you are interested in. I hope this of use?
There’s a new mural in Kralja Alfonsa XIII street in Banja Luka.
This seven and a half by ten metre mural, by Nataša Konjević is part of an initiative by the "Center for the Environment" and it’s "July without plastic" campaign.
"The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and appeal to people to use plastic as little as possible, primarily single-use plastic, such as straws, garbage bags, and bottles. Everything that we will use and throw away decomposes in nature for hundreds of years".
The mural shows a girl who is smelling flowers, but is actually holding a bouquet of plastic waste in her hand.
On our Living in Bosnia and Herzegovina Podcast sometime ago, we talked to Banja Luka born muralist Nataša.
You can listen again below:
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We asked for a new name for the vlog from our subscribers, and we have decided on “Postcard from Bosnia”, the suggestion from Christian Payne, who also has his own newsletter here on Substack, so please do check him out 😀.
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Bird watching is a tourist attraction here in BiH.
In the above video, we travel through the Hutovo Blato
Hutovo Blato is a nature reserve and bird reserve located in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is primarily composed of marshlands that were created by the underground aquifer system of the Krupa River. It is fed from the limestone massif of Ostrvo that divides the Deransko Lake and Svitavsko Lake.
The reserve is on the list of BirdLife International's Important Bird Areas. It is the largest reserve of its kind in the region, in terms of both size and diversity.
It is home to over 240 types of migratory birds and dozens that make their permanent home in the sub-Mediterranean wetlands surrounding Deransko Lake.In the migration season, tens of thousands of birds fill the lake and its surroundings.
Harvested from the garden
Due to the extreme heat at the moment, the centre of Banja Luka seems so deserted. Hardly anyone out during the days, and so the roads seem empty as well. We drive from the cathedral down to the part of town called "Malta". At least you can experience what we see when we start our drive back home to the village.
We are planning to attend “Day of the Pirogi” at Čelinovac, a Polish village not too far away from us.
Hopefully a super insight into one of the minority groups in this country.
Because of this ferocious heat and sun, we have to try and protect the veggie garden as much as we can. As you can see, what we normally have as an expanse of pure lush green, is now just brown and dead (almost). This green covering sheet is the best we have 😒
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