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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...

The returning colours

It has been a strange month. First, we have our State of Emergency making it difficult for many nature lovers, but also the weather...
Male Conehead Mantis

In your own garden

Due to the current situation many people are choosing to stay at home for much longer periods than usual which prompted me to write...

Springtime!

Officially, springtime doesn’t begin until March 20, however, February seems to be the unofficial start in the Algarve region. You may have noticed the...

Serins: our very own canary, relatively speaking

It may appear strange that last month I wrote about birdlife during winter and this month I’m already discussing springtime. At the time of...
Greater flamingo in flight

Interesting birdlife continues through the winter

The bee-eaters, golden orioles and many of the eagles may be long gone and are enjoying life in the southern hemisphere, but that doesn’t...
The hills are alive with the sounds of … beeps?

The hills are alive with the sounds of … beeps?

We first moved to the Portuguese hills towards the end of the hot summer of 2016. We waited until October before we saw our...

The glossy ibis, no longer a rarity in the Algarve

Just 10 years ago, birdwatchers in the Algarve would have glossy ibis on their tick-off lists as a rare sight, however, fast forward to...