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Sue Parker meets magpies – two with bad eating habits; the third seriously bad eating

In my youth in South Wales, I was aware of the widely-held belief that magpies were bad omens, portents...

Wild Orchids of the Algarve – how, when and where to find them by Sue Parker (First Nature)

ISBN: 978-0-9560544-8-7; Hardback binding; RRP £18.50/€25

Despite its small geographical...

Sue Parker meets down-to-earth allies in the battle against invading hordes

Pity the pine on poor pasture, where poisons impoverished the earth or clear felling killed the soil-dwelling...

Sue Parker ponders the pleasures and perils of foraging for fungi

Few things in the living world incite more joy or more fear than fungi. Although revered by those who find them fascinating...

Having either too little or too much of it so often dominates the news these days, but there is no doubt that water is vital, not only for our survival but also for many of our close relatives....

‘In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.’ Those words of Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus seem so incongruous as, in July and August (when...

A lifelong passion for a subject is no guarantee that you will learn all there is to know about it – to join that select band of people who seem to ‘know everything’ about Portuguese passerines,...

Sue Parker explores sand dunes, where preservation can conflict with conservation

Among the Algarve’s most special wildlife habitats are our coastal sand dunes. From Odeceixe down to Cape...

Look out, the processionary caterpillar is about!

Pine processionary caterpillars have been seen very early this year, so I feel I have to put out the warning – and fast!

I have searched the books and internet to come up with more...

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