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If you spend your holidays in southern Europe, you will have seen them—African immigrants, selling fake goods. What is Europe going to do about them?

By Stella Tillyard   July 2006

In summer we long for the arrival of the pipistrelli, the night’s blind bombardiers. We are grateful to anything that tackles mosquitoes, and a mature bat, hungry from its winter sleep, eats 3,000 a night. But they are disappearing in Italy. When every barn has become a country house and old bridges are replaced by smooth concrete, they have nowhere to sleep or hibernate. If you are ecologically minded, and want a handy hunter for the mosquitoes that plague you in the evening, you can have a bat-house of your own. The city of Fiesole is offering free nesting boxes…

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