Look out for the new € 50 banknote, in circulation from 4 April 2017 as part of the gradual renewal of the European currency. It was presented by the European Central Bank (ECB) on 5 July 2016..

La SPA (Société Protectrice des Animaux) was created in 1845 by Doctor Etienne Pariset. Touched by the poor treatment of many cart and carriage horses on the streets of Paris, the society was at first devoted to the welfare of horses. It grew quickly, thanks to support from several renowned French ‘intellectuals’ such as Victor Hugo and Guy de Maupassant.

  by Linda Razzell Bats in your belfry?  Be grateful! Bats are important. They keep down the pests in our gardens and fields, play a huge part in pollination and distribute fruit seeds. If the…

At this time of year, we read a lot about Pine Processionary Caterpillars, hairy and dangerous little fellows who can cause severe irritation and allergic reactions in both human and animals who touch them or who come across their hairs, which can also blow in the wind.