| Herpetological excursion|
was about two years ago when the idea of an ôherpetological missionö
sprang up,with the aim of getting in touch with as many amphibian and
reptile enthusiasts as possible. That thought, which took quite some
time of planning, became a reality last spring on 29/4/2007.
participation was more encouraging than expected, making the room of
the single bus we rent far too small for the 68 participation forms we
received. Finally, 48 people made the trip to Stymphalia of
which only 4 were members of SHH!
6th International Symposium on the Lacertids of the Mediterranean Basin
is our great pleasure to announce that the 6th Symposium on the
Lacertids of the Mediterranean Basin will be held in June 2008 (23-27)
at Molyvos, Lesvos Island, Greece.
The Symposium will be hosted under the aegis of the Department of
Environment (University of the Aegean), the Prefectural Authority of
Lesvos and the Societas Hellenica Herpetologica. We look forward to
welcome you in the awesome island of Lesvos, homeland of many great
personalities like the ancient poets Sappho and Alkaios, the "father"
of Botany Theophrastus, the 1977 Nobel laureate poet Odysseas Elytis,
the popular painter Theofilos but also birthplace of the special drink
ouzo and home to the unique Fossil Forest of Sigri. Participants that
followed the First Symposium, which took place in Lesvos in 1992, will
certainly remember the hospitality and the beauty of the island.
Visit the Symposium Page
| Reptile and bird collection permits
ľ latest developments
the reactions by SHH and other environmental NGOs and the complaint we
had submitted regarding the illogical permits that the Ministry of
Rural Development and Food had issued for the collection of a large
number of reptiles and birds, the European Commission studied the case
and concluded that in total 3 permits had been issued for herpetofauna
species and 3 for bird species.
These permits were cancelled. The ones concerning ornithofauna were
never executed. However the ones regarding the collection of reptiles
had been partially used and as a result 58 individuals from different
species to have been collected as well as the total permitted number of
tortoises. Since the permits were cancelled the case, as far as the EC
is concerned, was closed.
The Greek authorities were committed to the EC to issue a decision on
collection issues that will include conditions and requisitions. As far
as we know this has not been done yet.
| What would you like to
amphibians and reptiles?
common to everyone who works with amphibians and reptiles to receive a
lot of questions about them. Send us the most common, or even the
most bizarre questions you have heard of. We want to collect and answer
these questions in our website. We hope in this way to help solving
common questions and at the same time to explain some perceptions, new
and old, in order to restore the truth.