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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...

Parasite lost?

Sue Parker learns a lesson from a Limodore

On September 27 this year a United Nations specialist panel published its report into the causes of Climate Change, concluding that ‘it is 95%...

Introducing Ceratonia, the Algarve’s new centre for herbal medicine

It’s a brave new project that promises to keep centuries’ old herbal knowledge alive, and inspire people at the same time. And it comes less than three years after Europe was rocked by news that...

At one with Nature: Trouble without Lichen

Nearly 70 years ago, when John Wyndham was writing perhaps his most obscure sci-fi novel, he penned these words: “In a century or so, we shall be in the Age of Famines. We shall manage to postpone...

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