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We became residents in Portugal in August 2016, so as my passion is photography, imagine my delight when the following April a colony of European bee-eaters began nesting in the garden!

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Southern Portugal, the Alentejo and the Algarve are a joy to visit from January through to the end of May. For anyone interested in the wild flowering plants, this is the peak season to see the...

Each month I like to keep my articles topical to the time of year. However, unless you have been in hibernation, you may have noticed that it hasn’t been favourable weather for wildlife...

Springtime is almost upon us and the early mornings are a chorus of returning song birds competing to attract a mate. One returning bird has no such song as they lack the ability to sing; the...

Sue Parker looks back on four years of writing a monthly column for Algarve Resident.

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop (or in this case pause) the story” – this...

Sue Parker investigates a group of organisms that continue to tax taxonomists

Slippery characters – obsequious sycophants who grovel and fawn – often have a treacherous and altogether more...

We recently visited the Higher Agricultural School (part of Castelo Branco Polytechnic), situated in 166 hectares of countryside, offering many animal-geared professional courses and degrees. They...

After a punishing summer, Sue Parker says there is so much to look forward to

I have always jokingly referred to high summer in the Algarve as ‘The Dead of Summer’. It is our least...

Sue Parker finds signs of underworld involvement in fraud and deception

In the ups and downs of foraging for food, fruitless searches are compensated by those magical moments when you find...

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