Institute for nature
conservation of Serbia

MИНИСТАРСТВО ПОЉОПРИВРЕДЕ И ЗАШТИТЕ ЖИВОТНЕ СРЕДИНЕ

The Ministry of Agriculture and
Environmental Protection

The public hearing on "Byford`s Forest"

Based on the initiated review procedure regarding the protection of nature monument "Banjička forest", which was launched by the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, the Belgrade City Secretariat for Environmental Protection announced the public display of the protection acts ofn nature monument "Byford`s Forest" and scheduled a public hearing on the protection of this area in Belgrade.

Public insight into the proposed act on the designation, as well as the Study on protection of nature monument "Byford`s Forest" in Belgrade, will be in the period from May 4th to May 29th, 2015. The documents are available every working day from 11 am to 14 pm at the Belgrade City Administration (27. marta 43-45, fifth floor). Interested citizens may inform themselves and submit their remarks until May 29th, 2015, when there will be a public hearing on the draft act on designation and protection, and the Study on protection of nature monument "Byford`s Forest", starting at 11 am (City Administration, 27. marta 43-45, fifth floor).

The review of the Study on "Banjička forest", among other things, requires the change of its name. Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia and the Belgrade City Secretariat for Environmental Protection accepted the initiative to name this protected area "Byford`s forest" in honor and gratitude of Timothy John Byford, the famous British director, screenwriter and actor, who has left an indelible mark not only in Serbian culture, but also in caring for its natural heritage. Mr. Byford had studied the birds in Banjička forest for many years, and in the period from 1986 to 1989 collected data for about 70 species of birds. These data were used in the process of research and valuing this natural good, and later included in the Study on protection, which was drafted by the Institute, based on which this area became protected in 1993. The designation of "Byford`s forest" is a due recognition and an everlasting memory of Timothy John Byford, a passionate amateur ornithologist and a connoisseur of birds, who made a crucial contribution to the protection of Banjička forest.

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