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Our Natural Europe

The series of 'Our Natural Europe' stories is being developed by the EEA and Eionet partners to illustrate in everyday language what biodiversity is and how we’re connected to it. These ‘ONE’ stories will highlight from a personal perspective the varied ecosystems and biodiversity of Europe and the threats and pressures they face, including habitat fragmentation and destruction, invasive alien species, pollution, over-harvesting and climate change.
Circles of discovery

Circles of discovery

29 Sep 2010

Bruno Mendes does not own a car. Instead he travels mainly by public transport and rents from a car-share scheme when passenger services are impractical. He is very selective in his shopping, seeking labelled organic products where possible.

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Web of knowledge, web of life, web of wonder

It's October, it's late in the season and it's been a bad year for mushrooms in Finland. Webcaps, a type of mushroom found particularly in the boreal and temperate forests of northern Europe, are no exception.

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It's beautiful!

It's beautiful!

31 Jul 2012

It's not quite five in the morning and we're walking along a track in the forest. The moon is high in the sky and provides enough light for us to see where we are going. A wolf howls in the distance. We have come to Poland's Białowieża Forest, the last refuge of the European bison, in the hope of getting a glimpse of this greatly endangered animal in its natural habitat.

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Wolf, bird and bread!

Wolf, bird and bread!

17 Jun 2013

Eyüp Yüksel was relaxing in Ankara on a warm autumn day in 2000, drinking tea from a traditional glass cup, when he heard the news that Tuz Gölü — Lake Tuz or Salt Lake — had been declared a protected area. As one of the staff of the Turkish Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas (EPASA) he had been waiting and hoping for this decision but he was still excited to hear the announcement and concerned enough to wonder 'How can we manage such a big area?'

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Nets, nature and national parks

There may no longer be cod to fish in the Koster Sea but Evert Taube would be pleased to see that local people are working together to protect and enhance this area through the creation of a new national park. As a result, both locals and visitors can continue to enjoy much of the nature.

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Coming home to roost!

Coming home to roost!

17 Jun 2013

It's early September and we are driving south from the Romanian city of Timişoara to try to catch a glimpse of the red-footed falcon (Falco verpertinus). If we are lucky, we hope to see one or two before night-fall.

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