Saturday, December 15, 2018

Kestrels set to fly back

Kestrels are to be saved at the expense of pigeons to even out the numbers

Bird route nestles in the Genal valley

A multi-million euro tourist project unveils a new bird route

Purr-fect

Woman bequeaths millions to protect endangered cat

In a big flap!

Couple return home to find a rare Griffon vulture on their bed, while second family find another on balcony

The Eco Garden: Good Year for the Roses

WELL, the hot weather has arrived with a vengeance and plants of all sorts have put on amazing growth, especially those with deep tap roots

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

The Eco Garden: Get a Spring in your Step

Now that Spring is finally here it’s time to get in the garden. Here are our top tips for the month

Poisoned bait leads to vulture and lynx deaths

Rare animals “deliberately killed” by farmers

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.

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

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

An island of cold in a sea of warmth

Home to mainland Spain’s highest peaks, the Sierra Nevada is a treasure trove of rare plant life and animals

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

Who is that crawling up my wall?

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

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

The goats of Spain

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

Worth its weight in gold

Clive Muir and Sue Eatock investigate the carob tree, whose seeds are valued by jewellers and goldsmiths

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

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

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

Papaver – the heroic weed

Bob Maddox admits to his addiction as the south of Spain bursts into a riot of red and green

Alien Nation

They came by night. They came by day. Silently slipping over borders, stealthily avoiding detection. Some came by boat, others by plane. Only a few people knew about them. Still less cared.

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

Ramblers fight back

Ronda ramblers association suing the town hall over series of blocked footpaths

Castles in the Sky

Autumn, a time of change in the Andaluz skies - when the eternal featureless blue of summer begins to give way and the first reliably cloudy days begin to make an appearance

Golf complex work halted after rare bird threatened

PLANS to build a luxury golf complex on protected woodland have been temporarily postponed after a legal order was issued banning the felling of...
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