Thursday, February 22, 2018

Killer caterpillars on the up in the Axarquia

English expat urges dog owners to be vigilant after his rottweiler died in agony from processionary caterpillar poisoning

Danger! Caterpillars crossing

If you go down to the woods today you might just be in for a big surprise – especially if you have a dog

Expat searches for ‘perfect home’ for Costa del Sol turtle

Six-year-old European pond turtle, Trevor, has reached sexual maturity and keeps staging ‘flight attempts’ from his giant fish tank in Sabinillas

Something nasty this way comes

Jason Heppenstall delves deep under the bedclothes and finds something nasty

Incey Wincey spider

Clive Muir and Sue Eatock go peering under rocks and stones to tell us all about the only protected spider in the EU – the Andalucian funnel web

Bare facts on Spain’s bears

Listed in the Spanish Catalogue of Endangered Species as being in danger of extinction, the Cantabrian brown bear’s existence in Spain is not widely known

The goats of Spain

The wild mountain goats frequently found in herds across the mountain ranges of Andalucia are Spanish Ibex

A to Z: Secret Andalucian Summer

Take your Andalucian summer beyond the crowded Costa beaches with our 26 favourite spots

Beautiful… but beware

Clive Muir and Sue Eatock tell us hidden dangers lurk behind the beauty of the plant that lines Spain’s dry riverbeds and motorways – the oleander

Dangerous shores for Jaws

It is official. The Mediterranean Sea is now the most dangerous place on Earth to swim - that is, if you are a shark

The gentle giants of the wasp world

Man’s misunderstanding of the hornet has led to the insect becoming almost extinct in certain parts of Europe

The Eco Garden: Keep the garden pests at bay with beer and bird droppings

Don’t automatically reach for the chemical sprays, because there are plenty of ecological alternatives to ensure that you keep your garden safe for the family, pets and wildlife

Who is that crawling up my wall?

Anyone who has a country property probably knows well the sticky footed lizards known as geckos.

Wolf hunting to be legalised in Spain

Picos de Europa national park will authorise wolf hunting due to a large number of herd attacks

Organisms living without oxygen discovered beneath the surface in Sevilla

Researchers believe life could exist on Mars under similar circumstances

Andalucia dubbed a birdwatcher’s paradise

Tourism chiefs travelled to the UK to promote the region's bird-friendly environment

The dehesas of Extremadura

The size of Switzerland, the region of Extremadura is home to farmland unique to Spain and endangered animals such as the lynx and imperial eagle of Iberia

16 arrested over Spanish Imperial Eagle egg thefts

Centre in charge of the recovery program for the endangered Spanish Imperial Eagle has been linked to the thefts

Agave a day…

… helps us work, rest and play claims prickly BOB MADDOX, who takes a peek at one of Andalucía’s most iconic plants

Andalucia’s black vulture population reaches new high

Andalucia's black vulture population has reached highest level in history

Endangered plant found in Barbate

The largest-known patch of Odontites Foliosus has been discovered by an environmental group

Scottish birds flying in to breed in Spain

Second release of ospreys following successful introduction a few years ago

Feathered migrants arrive for winter

Winter birds to look out for

Shark ‘finning’ finally outlawed in Spain

The EU has banned fishermen from slicing off sharks’ fins and discarding their bodies live

Forget climate change – the bees are buzzing off

If bees became extinct today, mankind would follow suit in 2012. Albert Einstein proclaimed this insect the most important factor in our food chain.

A scenic walking tour of Andalucia’s La Brena forest

Walking guide Guy Hunter-Watts suggests a great shady summer walk around Canos de Meca
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