few articles appeared in the newspaper of the local self government,
under the name HOTEK (Herman Ottó Nature Conservation Group), in 1991.
A few young naturalist founded the legal Herman Ottó Nature Conservation
Group in November, 1991, with three members.
activity of the organisation was only writting articles and environmental
education, and with the new members we could start the active work,
in 1992. Firstly it appeared in the construction and placing of bird
feeders and artificial nests. We had the opportunity to help of making
a wet-land reconstruction in the Ecsegpuszta Nature Reserve, in Kóré-zug,
in 1993, so we organised our first nature protection camp for the youth,
who became the first active members of the HOTEK.
major of Túrkeve asked the HOTEK to organise the "nature protection
month" from the Day of Water to the Day of Birds and Trees, so
we organised many high leveled programs in the town, in 1994. Two separate
camps were organised for two age-groups, in summer. The HOTEK organized
the regional environment and nature conservation meeting, in Túrkeve,
in 03. December 1994, so it became a foundation member of the biggest
NGO of the region, which does a meaningful activity in the field of
nature conservation, called "Nimfea" Nature Conservation Association
and it started its education program. As the HOTEK was the biggest member
organisation, it undertook the foundation and maintaining of the Central
Council of Europe proclaimed the year 1995, the year of the European
Nature Conservation, with the motto "Think about the future, protect
the nature". Using this opportunity we organised almost a hundred
programs in Túrkeve, and its region, related to nature and environment
protection, so we reached the admition of the leadings of the town.
In connection with our successful programs the leadership of the town
wrote the next appreciated rows about us in the newspaper called Túrkeve:
"The activity of the Herman Ottó Nature Conservation Group turned
for adventages so far for the town of Túrkeve. The great actions organized
by them are wothily admitted by the town, and it supports them in comparison
with its possibility. Their activity has got a big effect on the landscape
protection, the public education, and the developing of the culture.
The membership reached the two hundred persons,
so the HOTEK has got the biggest membership, among the NGOs of Túrkeve.
We rented and partly bought the Makkos forest, in the eastern part of
the town, where the building of our education-path and the Fekete István
Environment- and Nature Protection Center have been started. This place
is going to be the base and the camp site of our organisation. The editing
of the "Green News" started that year, this is the newspaper
of the HOTEK and the "Nimfea" Nature Conservation Association.
The Green News carries about environmental education, and the public
life of Túrkeve.
The developing of the nature protection programs started in 1997, we
worked out our decree-suggestion for the town, for growing the local
environmental culture, and researching of the wildlife of the non-protected
areas of the region. We have wone on nation wide level a fourth, two
third, one second, two first and an advantaged first position, which
was handed over by the deputy under-secretary of state, during three
years. The membership was over 500 persons, and the summer camps runned
in five places, with the active participation of more than a hundred
persons, in that year.
torn off the umbrella organisation (but still working together in the
same office), the county court registred the HOTEK, in 1998, as an individual
legal personality advantaged useful organisation, with the next activities:
- Active work on every field of the nature conservation, specially with
the birds and the protection of their habitat, its social promotion
- Widely initiation the youth into the bird and nature protection, forming
of the good attitude.
- Systematization and processing the obtained informations about the
wildlife, natural values of Hungary.
- Working out of nature conservational proposals, and presenting to
the proper authority.
- Cooperating with the nature conservation authority of state and self
- High quality researches.
- Creating and maintaining of connection with the Hungarian and foreign
nature conservation authorities.
- Social controlling of the regulations concerning to environment and
- Rewarding people reaching success on the field of studying birds and
developing of nature conservation. The rewards can be divisibled by
- The Association can start managing and venturesome activity on the
field of nature conservation for laying the economical foundation of
- Environmental education on the field of energy efficiency and waste
management. The Association can take part in the moderation of the social
differencies of Hungary, and solving the tasks of child and youth protection.
- Saving the traditions of Hungary, initiations worthy of our eponymous
with ethnographic, regional history and tradition saving aims.
"Pro Natura" prize was handed over to the HOTEK collectively
with the "Nimfea" Nature Conservation Association by the minister
of the Hungarian Environment Protection Ministry, admitting our education
programs, in April, 1998, on the International Day of World.
The organisation was founded in 1991, by jr.
Szollosi Kálmán, Kontos Tivadar and Sallai R. Benedek. The leader of
the Group was Sallai R. Benedek, till October, 1998.
The secretary became Faragó Anikó, since 1992, founding the future of
the organisation, with recruiting many students.
The vice-president was Szabó András, from 1993, till 1998, and the new
secretary became Bordács Zsuzsanna, who put the environmental education
into foreground. They made the base of the organisation more stable.
The number of new members raised, who determinate the future of the
organisation notably, and some of them became the members of the leadership,
The new members of the widen leadership are Gyarmati András (new vice-president),
Szabó Tünde, Nagy Anikó, Forgács Mariann, Hajdú Péter, Finta Péter,
Forgács Éva and Nagy Sándor, since 1996. Pabar Zoltán and Nagy Norbert
got the Herman Ottó Memorial Prize, for their volunteer work.
Since 1998, new persons arrived, who became determinators of the work,
like Bacskai Attila, Gyori József, Talpalló Piroska, Laskai Ferenc,
id. Gyarmati András, Bornemissza Imre, and Barna Tamás (who is the delegated-leader,
since October 1998.) A very important thing was that Vad Károly could
be applied in the works around the Györffy farm, who obtained imperishable
Széll Antal, Csíder Lajosné, Monoki Ákos, Sallai
Zoltán, Oszonics István, Harmos Krisztián, Kapocsi Judit and Sallai
Károlyné shouldered very important volunteer work in the life of the
organisation, thanks for their help. Enumerating all of the helpers
of our work is impossible here, but we would like to thank them their