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Insects and creepy-crawlies / Re: Possible"Horsefly", Tabanidae or Chrysops ID?
« Last post by Clive on June 12, 2019, 08:29 AM »
Could it be one of the deer flies? It does have the pretty wing patterns.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deer_fly
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Insects and creepy-crawlies / Possible"Horsefly", Tabanidae or Chrysops ID?
« Last post by JSW099 on June 12, 2019, 00:18 AM »
Hi all,

I was up Sierra Loja when this "fly" landed on my hand then on the inside of my windscreen, it has such intense blue eyes.
Can anyone ID this insect for me. Sorry about the state of the photo, but literally had seconds to snap a picture of it.

Syd
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A couple of new interesting companies added to Wildside Holidays.

edible bike toursBoth based in the Ronda area of Western Andalucia it great to see these new holiday startups. I Love Lucid has a new concept of cultural, gastronomic and activity holidays without alcohol… Alcohol free holidays (thats holidays without alcohol not free alchol whilst you are on your holiday!)   Edible Bike Tours have combined a … Continue reading A couple of new interesting companies added to Wildside Holidays.
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Flowering plants – May in the Sierra de Grazalema

paeonia-broteroiSpring is in full swing during the month of May and the plants in flower are so numerous that it is difficult to choose which ones to mention here. You will see that the waysides and meadows hold a tremendous variety, pause to count how many species you can find in just one square metre! … Continue reading Flowering plants – May in the Sierra de Grazalema
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Blog and website updates / The Best Paradors in Natural Parks of Spain
« Last post by Clive on May 17, 2019, 12:01 PM »
The Best Paradors in Natural Parks of Spain

Founded in 1928 by order of King Alphonso XIII the Paradores of Spain are made up of medieval castles, Moorish fortresses, ancient monasteries, palaces and stately homes. Many paradors are set in town and city centres whlst others are situated within large estates and stunning natural parks…. There are now over 90 paradors in Spain … Continue reading The Best Paradors in Natural Parks of Spain
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Blog and website updates / Cork and its huge importance to the environment
« Last post by Clive on May 16, 2019, 11:55 AM »
Cork and its huge importance to the environment

Quercus suber is a type of evergreen oak tree native to the Mediterranean region. The tree has adapted to the problems of fire and drought in this area by growing a thicker bark as a protective layer. This outer layer of cork has many industrial uses and huge open forests have been developed to benefit … Continue reading Cork and its huge importance to the environment
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Blog and website updates / March – Plants of the month
« Last post by Clive on May 15, 2019, 12:00 PM »
March – Plants of the month

Cytisus-baeticusMARCH. As shrubs begin to show colour, spring is becoming more obvious and this alters from when we enter the month with a few shy blooms, to crossing into April with the “now in flower” list ever increasing. Over the first two weeks of March, the plants in flower are scattered and you need to … Continue reading March – Plants of the month
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Blog and website updates / October flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema
« Last post by Clive on May 14, 2019, 12:19 PM »
October flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema

crocus-serotinusAutumn flowering bulbs are a favourite at this time of year, but you generally have to have keen eyes to find them as they can be very small and well hidden. On the contrary the Autumn Buttercup can turn a rugged hillside yellow with its shiny, rich yellow, blooms. Autumn doesn’t necessarily mean colourful leaves … Continue reading October flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema
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Blog and website updates / July flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema
« Last post by Clive on May 13, 2019, 11:56 AM »
July flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema

There will be a marked difference between the first and second parts of this month as plants succumb to the heat and set their seeds. Areas that have held high moisture levels during the winter and spring will now come into their own with ribbons of bright pink Oleanders mapping the watercourses with Penny Royal … Continue reading July flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema
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Blog and website updates / The Weather In Grazalema
« Last post by Clive on May 12, 2019, 12:02 PM »
The Weather In Grazalema

The weather in Grazalema‘Grazalema has the highest rainfall records in Spain’. This is a phrase that is commonly found on the internet, but without further explanation could be very off putting to the holiday maker! Mountains will always alter their local climate where-ever they are in the world, and this is no exception. Note that only a few … Continue reading The Weather In Grazalema
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