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Piranha fish ready for the grill

Magical journey into the heart of the Rio Negro

Ryall farmer Michael West and his wife Betsy recently explored Amazonia on an eco-cruise up the Rio Negro, which is also Sir Ghillean Prance’s favourite Amazonian river, ‘because of its striking beauty. The water is clear and black because of all the tannic matter dissolved in it. This makes it likes a mirror’

“You won’t see anything but trees,” said one of my more cynical friends, as my wife and I set off to fulfil one of my lifelong ambitions, to explore remote Amazonia.

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Sophie Wentworth invites you to listen to the birds

Sophie Wentworth Invites You to Listen to the Birds

If your bedroom window overlooks a garden or woodland, you will be keenly aware that the dawn chorus is in full swing. It may be a bit much, so early in the morning. But learn who is making all the noise, and you won’t mind being woken. In May, if you can walk through a wood with the birds invisible among the leaves and identify them all, and understand what they are saying, you will have gained a skill that gives pleasure for a lifetime.

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