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Sue Parker wonders if an obsession with best practice is simply littering the littoral

Many visitors come to the Algarve for the outstanding quality of its natural environment and its...

This time last year I was invited to ride on the combine, harvesting the rice in Lagoa. It was very exciting because hundreds of storks were feeding in the fields and it was incredible to see so...

As I took my morning run today, jogging rather ponderously through the cool mist that billows down the wooded hills, I encountered a mystery. The sun had started to burn through, creating patches...

Sue Parker marvels at how life finds and fills newly created marginal habitats

The evidence is undeniable – Earth’s biodiversity is in decline. There are, however, exceptions to every...

Sue Parker admires outstanding qualities of some late developers

The period between December and the end of May is my favourite time to be in the Algarve. The protracted spring, which...

Sue Parker discovers that butterflies were light years ahead of the boffins

The brilliant flash of light as a Swallowtail butterfly flutters by could have been – maybe should have been –...

Snails are found everywhere and whilst most gardeners dislike them, here in Portugal instead of being a pest, snails are a culinary delicacy. June is the month when snails appear on menus and a...

Sue Parker explores links between cultures and cultivation

Many of us define culture in terms of art, films, theatre performances and museums – so called ‘high culture’. There is no doubt...

Sue Parker pays tribute to an Algarve gardener

A bellow of infectious laughter signals the proximity of Rosie Peddle, long before you catch sight of this dynamic bundle of enthusiasm in...

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