Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

First snowdrops appear at Železná studienka

The first snowdrop (galanthus nivalis), the messenger of spring, has appeared at Železná studienka near Bratislava.

(Source: Peter Maďar, SITA)

Snowdrop can resist even -10 Celsius freeze. According to educational literature, snowdrops warm up their surrounding as can be seen by snow melting where they grow. The flowers produce some kind of anti-freeze fluid that in the cold transforms starch to sugar. This process ensures that the flowers will not freeze.

Until 2003 the snowdrop was a protected flower in Slovakia, caused by massive picking them, mainly before International Women’s Day. Now, it is only forbidden to collect them from protected areas.

Snowdrops are poisonous, as they contain dangerous alkaloids.

Topic: Bratislava


Top stories

General Prosecutor filed a motion for the dissolution of ĽSNS

The Slovak Supreme Court received a motion to dissolve the extreme right ĽSNS party founded and led by Marian Kotleba.

Jaromír Čižnár

Russian spies allegedly recruit also Slovaks

They are using martial art clubs in Germany and dozens more in other EU states, in the Western Balkans, and in North America.

Illustrative stock photo

EC scrutinises state aid for Jaguar Photo

There is a question whether the scrutiny may impact the carmaker’s plans to invest in Slovakia.

The construction site of a brand new plant of Jaguar Land Rover near Nitra.

GLOBSEC forum will host guests from 70 countries

The 12th year of the conference will be attended by the highest number of participants in its history.

Slovak President Andrej Kiska gives the opening speech of The Globsec 2016 security conference.