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Every birdwatcher or bird photographer will tell you that they have a bogey bird or birds – a species which they should have seen or photographed, but they never seem to be in the right place at the right time. How many times have I heard the phrase “you should have been here 10 minutes

The Lowedown with Lynne

Hi, my name is Lynne and I have been lucky to call Gran Alacant home for the last 5 years.  People fascinate me and I love to hear about their adventures and life stories. Over the next few months, I will be sharing some interviews with GA’s very own Superstars! ********** This month’s interview is with

GA Runners December Update

We are well into the running season now with running clubs and local authorities arranging runs ranging from 5k to 42k.  Brigitte and Claudia have entered the SuperHalfs Challenge, which requires them to run 5 half marathons  (5 x 21k) in 36 months. The races are in Cardiff, Prague, Lisbon, Copenhagen and Valencia and after


My picture this month is of a White-headed Duck found in the Clot during October this year. This is a female; the male bird has the white head with a black crown line, and in the breeding season it has a distinctive bright blue bill. Another globally endangered species, it has a stronghold in our

Bocairente – a slice of medieval Spain

A visit from friends from Finland gave an excuse to revisit one of the most intriguing local towns; Bocairente. This little town lies just over the border into Valencia Province and is situated in a mountainous region of high peaks and steep gorges. It sits atop a rocky spur of land with sheer drops down