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Birding in the Era of Coronavirus, STAGE SEVEN, October 2020.
Written by Jos   

Stage Seven. The Resurgence, October 2020.

As across Europe, back comes the Coronavirus, a higher intensity than in spring and an upward trajectory, the numbers of cases rising to over a hundred a day by the end of September, rising suddenly mid-month to over 400 a day (the highest total in spring was less than 80). For a little country, that is quite a lot, the number of cases per 100,000 also rapidly rising and now sitting pretty much average for Europe. But to that backdrop, bar requirements to quarantine if returning from other countries and the need to wear masks, pitifully few measures are in place to slow the rise.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 October 2020 )
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Butterflies of the Itallian Alps, August 2020.
Written by Jos   

 

Apollo

 

A short trip, primarily targeting late summer butterflies of Trentino, a picturesque area of the Alps north-west of Milan. Highly successful it proved, the five days producing no less than 73 species, including 15 species of ringlet and grayling, as well as other delights such as Provinçal Short-tailed Blue and both Apollo and Small Apollo.


Last Updated ( Monday, 14 September 2020 )
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Arctic Butterflies, July 2020
Written by Jos   

On remote mountains far beyond the Arctic Circle, there live a whole bunch of specialised butterflies, species that are, to me, almost mystical. About 16 species in all, the names alone are mouthwatering enough - Arctic Blue, Polar Fritillary, Dewy Ringlet, Norse Grayling and more.

 

Arctic Fritillary

 

However, with the world blighted by Covid-19 and its associated travel restrictions, and with myself suffering the consequences of tick-borne encephalitis, it was not perhaps the best time to ponder global travel. However, it was exactly what I felt I needed, so I decided on a 5350 km round-trip from Lithuania to the extreme north of Scandinavia to locate a number of these highly localised butterflies.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 September 2020 )
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