"Go to the right places in the Algarve at the right times of year, and the most amazing orchid sights will greet you. This beautifully illustrated book answers those crucial questions What, Where and When..."
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A beautifully illustrated guide to finding and identifying wild orchids in the Algarve. More than 100 large colour photographs. Details of dozens of the Algarve's amazing wild orchids and their habitats. 'Where and when to look' advice plus a site location map, details of the Algarve's nature reserves and other orchid walks.
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What a delight it is to come across a book that provides such helpful advice and beautiful pictures to help visitors to this wildflower wonderland. I particularly value having a map as well as location information for the dozens of wildflowers that grown in southern Portugal in springtime (December to May being the key months). The scientific names are included for those who prefer to work that way. A pocket guide that is excellent value for money and beautifully produced. Ten out of ten!
(Review on Amazon)
Sue Parker has made a detailed study of the habitats and hotspots preferred by the species of wils orchids that occur in the Algarve, Portugal's most famous and ecologically-rich region. Details of habitat preferences, flowering times and other clues to finding orchids. Advice on some of the most prolific wild orchid sites, with directions for "orchid walks" and which species can be found there. A well illustrated and modestly priced introductory guide, ideal for visitors to and residents of the region.
(Review on Summerfield Books)
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Sue Parker's passion for wild orchids dates back to her childhood in the Far East, where epiphytic orchids grew on the fence at the bottom of her garden, and the tropical countryside abounded with orchids as well as many other beautiful exotic flowers.
Born in Tenby in South Wales, after living in many other countries and travelling the world as an essential part of her job as director of a media marketing company, Sue now shares her time between her homes in Wales and in the Algarve as well as travelling, mainly in Europe, to see, photograph and learn more about wild terrestrial orchids.
To date Sue has written seven books about wildflowers, including three that are devoted to terrestrial orchids. Apart from Wild Orchids in the Algarve, Sue has also written Wild Orchids in Wales, and Wild Orchids in The Burren (the latter being co-authored with her husband Pat O'Reilly). She has also made radio and television programmes about orchids and continues to contribute articles to countryside magazines.