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Back Early?

Every year in late autumn, I hear comments regarding the White Storks returning to their nests, back from their African journey. It is...

Autumn amphibians

Autumn has certainly arrived here in the Algarve and, apart from a short cooler spell, we seem to have mild weather and rain, yes...

Robins, a sign of winter?

The European robin (scientific, Erithacus rubecula) is a bird we all associate with Christmas due to their usage on cards, decorations and gift wrappings....

The Not So Night Owl

The Algarve region has a good selection of owls, from the tiny Scops Owl to the huge Eagle Owl; the well-known “Tu-whit, tu-who” of...

Is it a bird?

Many years ago, when living in Portugal seemed like a distant dream, I had returned from the Mexican island of Cozumel where I was...

Fire: one of nature’s dangerous sides

My articles are usually about fantastic species of wildlife or subjects to smile about. However, nature is not always kind. Twice in the past...

UPDATE: São Marcos da Serra fire brought under control in just five hours

The extraordinary work of our firefighters was put on display once again when a major fire that broke out on Monday afternoon in São...

São Marcos da Serra fire “under control”, 225 firefighters remain on site

A major fire that broke out yesterday afternoon in São Marcos da Serra (Silves) was brought under control at around 10.20pm last night. One fireman...

The noisy neighbours are beautiful

For this month, I’m sneaking you across the border out of the Algarve region onto the plains in the neighbouring lower Alentejo. This is...

The Viperine – The Wet Pretender

It may sound like a character from a superhero movie, but the viperine is a species of water snake found in the south-western regions...