EL OLIVAR. ¿EL OCASO DEL CAMPO ANDALUZ? Desde niño, mi entusiasmo, curiosidad y amor por la naturaleza se fueron forjando a orillas del Guadalquivir, a su paso por la provincia de Jaén. En este sentido, puedo decir que fui un niño privilegiado ya que pasé … Continue readingHola Olivos, adiós a la fauna y flora!
Bird of the Month – Yellow Wagtail There are three species of wagtail that we’re likely to see here in Andalucia; white, grey and yellow. Of these the White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) is an abundant winter visitor and a trip to wet or coastal grasslands … Continue readingBird of the Month – April 2021
Our rivers are in full flow as part of nature’s self-sustaining lifelines. They are such an enormous asset, a valuable resource here in our mountains and beyond. Unfortunately, many of our lagoons are depleted, and I really do wonder if illegal extraction for irrigating crops … Continue readingThe Joy of Spring
Until now, EU or national policies have not promoted, at a general level, either sustainable olive farming or the effective integration of environmental concerns into the sector. Recommendations have been made, but not followed by those responsible for the continuing unfettered assault on our fauna … Continue readingIndustrial and intensive Olive Plantations an environmental disaster
Because of travel and social restrictions imposed by the ongoing global pandemic, this was the very first ABS field meeting in 2021. The expedition, led by veteran bird guide Frank Hair, would have three main destinations: the central drainage canal in the La Janda wetlands … Continue readingField Meeting Trip Report – March 2021
‘You want to watch birds in a city? Why? You’ll see only pigeons!’ I have been hearing these kinds of comments all my life and nowadays I allow myself a wry smile. Don’t just think that city dwellers without an ounce of interest in wildlife … Continue readingHow to be an Urban Birder
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica rustica. For those of us with roots in northern Europe, the swallow has always been the harbinger of spring. The arrival of our swallows, back here as early as January in some areas, is always a cause for celebration. Although there … Continue readingBird of the Month – March 2021
All our professional wildlife guides are approved by and are members of our Society. Individually and collectively, they are a valued and important part of ABS. Many will be known to members who have already used their guiding services or have been guided by them … Continue readingApproved Wildlife Guides. Part 5
Redwing Turdus iliacus. Redwing are a widespread and elusive winter visitor to our province. Often, they can be seen in the company of their close relative the Song Thrush, which is an unfortunate choice given those wonderful songsters are hunted unmercifully by the barbaric ‘Huns … Continue readingBird of the Month – February 2021
The weekend had arrived. Normally I would be planning a birding trip to one of my favourite sites around Andalucía, only these are not normal times, and no-one knows when we will be able to travel outside of our municipality. I believe I have drawn … Continue readingRarities and a fluttering heart!