By

Paul
Slovenia has an exceptionally rich nature, with influences from the Alps, the Pannonian plain, the Dinaric mountain range, the Mediterranean sea and the North Italian plain. You can see all of this on day trips, based at single accommodation.
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A dog in Taiwan
In November 2018, I visited the Asian Bird Fair in Chiayi, Taiwan. Afterwards, I spend two days in the mountains near Fenqihu, which is a small town along the Forest Railroad to Alishan. One of these days, I met a lovely local dog. Here is the story of that day:
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Asian Bird Fair Jingshan
The Asian Bird Fair is an annual meeting where Bird- and Nature conservation organisations, as well as organisers of ecotours, meet. Starting in 2010, it is held in a different place each year. The event has steadily gained in interest and now hosts representatives of 29 counties and 40 organisations. European organisations, and actually also...
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Slovenian Primaeval forest
Primaeval forest once covered most of Europe. This is the ultimate landscape without humans. Do nothing, and, after a succession of different vegetation types, eventually, an entirely natural forest will grow. Nearly any other landscape is to a certain extent man-made.
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The big bad wolves by Paul Veenvliet
Our little son (age four) asked if I could read Little red riding hood as a bedtime story. So I did, but halfway, the story got a little twist. This is what happens when a biologist tells a fairytale …
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bearfriendly
Last week, our brand new glass mugs and t-shirts got awarded with the bear-friendly logo! Our tours already have the same logo for a much longer time. The bear-friendly logo is given to products which support the co-existence of Brown bears and humans in Slovenia.
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Forest in the Javorniki mountain ridge in Slovenia
After seeing several unremarkable forest reserves, I came to this place. Hidden in the Javorniki mountain range is a patch of forest which really differs.
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Meadow with Cypress Spurge - Euphorbia cyparissia
A quickly written blog post with a brief update on nature and our activities in spring in Slovenia … More later, I have to go now, the sun is shining and birds are singing!  
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Dark hellebore, Helleburus atrorubens
Spring flowers do their best to stand out against the dark forest floor. They have brilliantly bright colours, a true pleasure for the eye and an eye-catcher for early spring insects. But among them, there is one which is not bright coloured at all. Perhaps because of its unique dark violet-black colour, Helleborus atrorubens is one...
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