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Flora and fauna of Slovenia

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Lacerta cf viridis - undescribed species

The unknown reptiles of Slovenia

If you believe that the reptiles and amphibian species of central Europe are well known, think again … Here, I present a tentative species list, as a basis for discussion.
The big bad wolves by Paul Veenvliet

Little red riding hood and the big, not so bad wolf

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 …
Iberolacerta horvathi, Horvaths' Rock Lizard

Horvath’s rock lizard: the lizard which I met twice

I have always been interested in animals which others tend to overlook. Brown, small, and hard to find: I love them. This is a true story about a lizard which is indeed brown, small and hard to find, and how I found not just one, but an entire undiscovered population of them. Well, that still means just a handful of individuals …
Wild Crocus in Slovenia

Wild Crocus in Slovenia

In early spring, long before most other plants start to grow, Crocus lend colour to the meadows of Slovenia.

Helleborus in Slovenia

Sometimes, when you start to look more closely at a plant, you realise that you understand it less and less well … This is the case with the genus Helleborus in Slovenia.
Slovenian bear

The bear dilemma

Tourists have a high probability to see a brown bear from designated hides, to which bears are attracted by food. But, does this help to protect bears or not?
Poplar Admiral butterfly blog post

Poplar admiral: the unexpected butterfly

While we got into our van, I noticed a big, dark butterfly sailing from the treetops towards the forest edge. This became the highlight of our Butterfly Tour!