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About Bard of Ely

avatar Born in Cardiff, South Wales, Steve Andrews lived there until 2004 when he relocated to Tenerife in the Canary Islands. He used to live on the Ely housing estate and Big Issue magazine, in which he had a regular column, dubbed him the Bard of Ely making reference to his talents as a singer-songwriter, poet and performer. He is also a writer, journalist, author, public speaker and naturalist. In 1998 he worked as a TV presenter for two series of In Full View on BBC Choice. He is the author of Herbs of the Northern Shaman (O-Books 2010) and Hummadruz and a Life of High Strangeness (Amazon Kindle), as well as having contributed to Tenerife News and the Tenerife Sun newspapers and Kindred Spirit, Prediction, Feed Your Brain. Living Tenerife, Permaculure and the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners magazines. Bard of Ely has performed at the Glastonbury and Green Man festivals and was a compère for the Avalon stage at Glastonbury in 2002 and 2003. He has had his songs released on many independent labels including Double Snazzy, Very Good Records, Pink Lemon and DMMG Records. He is written about and quoted in books by several fellow authors, and is in Fierce Dancing, Last of the Hippies (Faber & Faber) and Housing Benefit Hill (AK Press) by C.J. Stone, in The World's Most Mysterious People by Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe (Hounslow), Real Cardiff by Peter Finch (Seren), The Trials of Arthur (Element) by Christopher James Stone and Arthur Pendragon, and in The Remarkable Life of Leonard Cohen (Omnibus) by Anthony Reynolds.
Bard of Ely has written 14 articles so far, you can find them below.

Leaf-footed Plant Bugs
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A new species of bug for Tenerife or an insect already known in the Canary Islands?

La Laguna the University City A Dragon Tree in La Laguna I have always had a particular liking for La Laguna because it was the first place I ever stayed on Tenerife when I first came here in December 2002 and fell in love with the place. I think it’s because of all the lush [...]

A terrible pest that kills plants
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A great species for biological control but where have all the Canary Islands ladybirds gone?

Ladybirds Photo by IRRI ImagesThere are supposed to be at least seven species of ladybird on Tenerife, and according to David and Zoë Bramwell’s excellent book, Historia Natural de las Islas Canarias, one of these is very common. I have been on Tenerife for nearly three years and in all that time I have only ever [...]

Fennel flowers
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Herb Gardening in Tenerife in the Canary Islands

Herbs of Tenerife The island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands can be likened to a herb garden on a really immense scale and what works well in nature will work well for us too. Indeed, it has many wild species of its own such has the Canary Lavender (Lavendula canariensis), which is often found [...]

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