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The stonechat: one of our most widespread residents

It’s great to be writing for the Resident again in 2019 and this year I hope to bring you not only exciting news of...

Woodpeckers of the Algarve

There are four species of bird in Portugal belonging to the woodpecker family and all but one has the best, in my opinion, Portuguese...

Rain and wind bring autumn wildlife surprises

This month I was torn between writing about two topics. I couldn’t make my mind up so decided to include both. Later in the...

Greater flamingos

It often comes as a surprise that Portugal has large populations of greater flamingos with multiple locations to view them right here in the...

Louisiana Crayfish

Camera shy A discarded claw from either a fight or an otter Putting up a fight Louisiana Crayfish As the name suggests, the Louisiana Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) is...

Tarantula wolf spider

  If I told you to describe a tarantula, you would probably respond with words along the lines of “big”, “hairy”, “dangerous” and...

Swallows, martins and swifts

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....

Ribeira de Odelouca

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

Thank you

Dear Editor, Thank you so much for the article from Craig Rogers about the Ribeira de Odelouca (Algarve Resident, June 28 edition). It did remind me...

Iberian Magpies

I have recently had some heated discussions with locals in my village – of course in good spirit and always over a few bottles...