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13 - 19 December 2012

On patrol for mushrooms THE Guardia Civil is carrying out daily patrols to raise awareness amongst mushroom pickers of the importance of respecting the environment. Officers from the Guardia Civil Nature Protection Unit, SEPRONA, as well as the regional government and local town halls have complained that many of those practising an increasingly popular pastime damage the areas they visit. There have been courses and walks organised to teach enthusiasts how to recognise the more than 200 species of mushrooms found in Almeria Province. There are even clubs and associations popping up throughout the province. The mushroom-picking season is from the beginning of autumn until December. The law states it has to be done with a wicker basket and a sharp knife, and that no more than three kilos can be collected without a permit. So far this year three people have been fined for failing to respect the law in the Alpujarra, Bayarcal and Laujar. Fines range from €600 to €3,000. Controls have been set up in forest areas of Sierra de los Filabres, Las Estancias and Los Velez.

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NEWS EXTRA

Plants help raise funds A TOTAL of 160 poinsettia plants were sold at the Albox flea market. All the funds raised from the sale will go towards a refuge for victims of domestic violence.

Tree parade TREES are to be planted along the Almeria Rambla by the Environment Department of the town hall. However, no date has yet been set for the work to commence.

No cleaning CLEANERS at El Ejido’s Hospital de Poniente will go on strike on December 19, 20 and 21. POPULAR PASTIME: Mushroom picking.

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