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Sue Parker’s Christmas colours are both decorative and vibrant... naturally!

Baubles, bangles, hear how they jing, jinga-linga;
Baubles, bangles,
bright shiny beads...

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Sue Parker finds a family of fungi not to be sniffed at

What’s the difference between a male goat and an impudent mushroom? Even with your eyes closed you know soon enough if a billy goat...

Sue Parker explores uncharted territory between history and mythology

The natural history of ‘prehistoric times’ is documented in remarkable detail in fossil records; they tell us how...

When we moved to the Algarve 18 years ago we did not expect to find such an exciting variety of wildlife in our garden. Among the exotic bats, terrapins, crayfish, geckos and birds we were...

With fungi foragers fighting over free food, Algarve woodlands can become warzones. Sue Parker considers the causes of conflict and the ebb and flow of fortunes.

If you gather wild...

Princely, fit for a king, imperial – these terms describe something auspicious or someone venerable – august even. And in the month of August it’s worth recalling the origin of that name, which...

Sue Parker reviews past and present uses of one of our most versatile herbs.

The mummified bodies of the ancient Pharaohs were embalmed in the belief that this would defy the ravages of...

Sue Parker looks at the artful dodgers among us

Would the real Donald Trump please not stand up!

Unless suffering from a depressive disorder leading to low self esteem, most people...

Sue Parker looks at a struggling industry and considers what we can do to help.

Fish and chips. The term (if not the calories) rolls off the tongue as smoothly as strawberries and cream – “...

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