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When we moved to the Algarve 18 years ago we did not expect to find such an exciting variety of wildlife in our garden. Among the exotic bats, terrapins, crayfish, geckos and birds we were...

With fungi foragers fighting over free food, Algarve woodlands can become warzones. Sue Parker considers the causes of conflict and the ebb and flow of fortunes.

If you gather wild...

Princely, fit for a king, imperial – these terms describe something auspicious or someone venerable – august even. And in the month of August it’s worth recalling the origin of that name, which...

Sue Parker reviews past and present uses of one of our most versatile herbs.

The mummified bodies of the ancient Pharaohs were embalmed in the belief that this would defy the ravages of...

Sue Parker looks at the artful dodgers among us

Would the real Donald Trump please not stand up!

Unless suffering from a depressive disorder leading to low self esteem, most people...

Sue Parker looks at a struggling industry and considers what we can do to help.

Fish and chips. The term (if not the calories) rolls off the tongue as smoothly as strawberries and cream – “...

Sue Parker meets an inspirational environmentalist wise beyond her young years

Three years ago, visiting Ria Formosa Natural Park and feeling depressed at the run-down state of facilities,...

Serendipity helps even the experts, Sue Parker learns

Whenever I happen upon something unusual on a countryside ramble in the Algarve I am struck by the serendipitous nature of nature (and...

Sue Parker says achieving her new year’s resolution should be a walkover

Do you have difficulty keeping new year resolutions? I keep nearly all of mine … locked away in a recess of my mind...

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