Bolivia creates a nature reserve for world’s rarest macaw

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The Blue-throated Macaw is one of the most critically endangered species on the planet with only about 300 remaining in the wild. The species of parrot is indigenous to Bolivia where Asociación Armonía has partnered up with the American Bird Conservancy, the International Conservation Fund of Canada, the IUCN Netherlands and the World Land Trust to create the first protected area for the imperiled macaw.

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Rammed-earth walls clad an observation tower blends into a Belgian nature reserve

Mother Nature has reclaimed a former gravel extraction area in Maasvalley Riverpark, a 2,500-hectare nature reserve straddling the Belgium-Netherlands border. To help visitors fully experience the revitalized area, De Gouden Liniaal Architecten designed a small observation tower that blends into the landscape with its rammed earth walls. Built of locally excavated materials, the Observation Tower Negenoord is the first public earthen building in the Benelux region.

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Fevin Nature Reserve Burial Ground Westcombe

A glimpse of a beautiful and secluded nature reserve and green burial ground near Somerton in Somerset. Managed by the Butler Memorial Trust, the site offers a tranquil and environmentally harmonious alternative to conventional burial grounds.