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If I told you to describe a tarantula, you would probably respond with words along the lines of “big”, “hairy”, “dangerous” and maybe “not here in Portugal!”

Well, you may be surprised to...

This time last year I was proudly crowing about the birth of four red-rumped swallows. Their nest, constructed around the chain of an outdoor chandelier, was located just outside our living room...

This time last year I was proudly crowing about the birth of four red-rumped swallows. Their nest, constructed around the chain of an outdoor chandelier, was located just outside our living room...

Most locations in the Algarve have fast-flying, crazy swooping birds and many of them build nests on the outside of buildings and other structures. I am often asked, are they swallows or swifts?...

To the north of Silves lies the Barragem de Odelouca (“barragem” being Portuguese for dam), a huge expanse of water commissioned in June 2012, which is a main source of drinking water for the...

I have recently had some heated discussions with locals in my village – of course in good spirit and always over a few bottles of beer. This month, I introduce the Iberian Magpie. “The what?” you...

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!

You...

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...

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