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Up Fackenden Down

The change in the meadows at Fackenden Down over the last two weeks of June is marked; the fragrant orchids (Gymnadenia conopsea) are in their prime in mid June but tiring by the end of the month whereas the pyramidal orchids ( 267 more words



Lake Balinsasayao is one of two small but deep crater lakes rising 1,000 feet (300 m) above sea level located 12 km (7.5 mi) west of the town of  543 more words


Ustad: The Tiger. What a Maneater means to India

Ustad means Boss.

In Ranthambore tiger reserve, a big male tiger has just been shifted. Formally called T-24 (Tiger 24), but known much better as Ustad, he is accused of killing four people. 474 more words

Indie Stories

Lovćen Mountain

Lovćen is a mountain within the heart of Montenegro’s coastal range, rising abruptly from the dark maquis and olive-clad hills between the coastal towns of Kotor and Budva to descend more gently inland to the old capital of Cetinje. 637 more words

Balkan Wildlife

Žabljak Crnojevića Emperors

If Freyer’s purple emperor (Apatura metis), or FPE for short, is abundant around Lake Skadar as I think it maybe, having found a handful of territories at Vranjina and knowing that its food plant, white willow ( 743 more words

Balkan Wildlife

Lake Skadar's Emperor

The weather the other morning at Vranjina was sunny, clear and warm. The squacco herons now joined by a couple of little egrets rushed from the water’s edge as usual, some perching motionless in the nearby trees.   532 more words

Balkan Wildlife

Protected Area Governance and Management Book launched

The IUCN Protected Area Governance and Management Book has been launched today – 27 May 2015 – at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, in the presence of HE Mr Sem Fabrizi, Ambassador for the European Union. 6 more words